10.18.2014 Benches

These benches were constructed with reclaimed wood found in San Francisco. They were actually my first built project this semester, but I did not get around to dealing with the photography for a second. The wood was cut and assembled into a simple, geometric bench. There is no mechanical fastening, instead, plastic bottles were harvested from recycling bins. The bottles were cut into strips - the whole bottle into one, continuous ribbon. After wrapping the joint, heat was applied with a heat gun. The plastic strips shrink, creating a tight, strong bond against the wood. The benches embody many layers of meaning. They are what Buckminster Fuller would call "knots" - assemblages of territories forming into concrete form. Two versions of the bench were made. The first was a proof of concept. The second emphasized using the plastic material as minimally as possible.

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V.2

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