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Consistent with the exhibition theme High Performance: Evolution and Innovation in Canadian Design, the inter/section installation demonstrates the potential of contemporary wood fabrication technologies to generate formal variation within the constraints of standardized materials, material efficiency, ease of assembly/disassembly, and adaptive reuse.

The installation mediates the relationship between the viewer, the exhibition objects, and the associated graphic information. The form of the inter/section construct was derived from a series of specific cross sections, each responding to the particular placement and spatial dimensions of the exhibition objects in relation to an imagined viewer.

The installation is a continuous wall that is 97 feet in length. It was created using 172 sheets of plywood that were cut using a 3-axis CNC router. There are 288 vertical planes, each paired and cut from 144 sheets of plywood using a single spline. The remaining 28 plywood sheets were used to create the interlocking horizontal pieces that shape the plan of this particular installation instance. Each piece in the assembly was numbered and coded using the CNC router to allow people who were unfamiliar with the project to construct the installation using simple infographic diagrams.

Designed for disassembly and re-use in other gallery spaces as part of the traveling exhibition, the vertical components are all a standardized placement of horizontal slots on the vertical plywood components. Vertical and horizontal components are joined through interlocking friction connections utilizing wooden shims, avoiding the use of fasteners or adhesives. The nesting of opposite sections on the plywood sheets resulted in less than 5% waste in the milling process. The entire assembly can be packaged to fit within a volume of 4’-0” x 8’-0” x 7’-0”.

At the time of the design, the potential future gallery venues were unknown. The design accounts for the future variability of these gallery spaces by affording the opportunity for the installation to be assembled using alternate horizontal components. In this way the system can be customized in terms of the overall form (i.e. both shape and size/extent) to adapt to virtually any exhibition space, while maintaining the original specificity of the relationship between the specific placement and spatial dimensions of the exhibition objects and the vertical plywood sections of the installation.
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