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Made in Wood – 2015

Made in Wood was a collaborative exhibition and research event between staff and Architecture students from Nottingham Trent University and Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway (KHiB).

The exhibition formed out of discussions with KHiB in relation to the annual Bergen International Wood Festival.

Taking inspiration from Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, the students addressed how global cities seem to challenge the laws of gravity, with soaring skyscrapers that compete to reach imposing heights.Watch the video above to see the city of wood take form in the Gallery.

The Gallery was split into three distinctive districts overlooked by a bridge; each district depicted a different interpretation of a city scape.

» The bridge
Built to overlook the city, the bridge provided a focal point from all areas. An atmosphere of power and superiority was portrayed, contrasting with the ghetto below.

» The ghetto
Situated to the left of the bridge, this district represented the need for housing in built-up areas; how nationalities come together to build communities out of whatever can be found. A tight, enclosed atmosphere was created by the narrow spaces and multiple routes through the district.

» Industry
As you looked to the right of the bridge this area was built to represent the historical industrial background of both Nottingham and Bergen and many cities around the world. It portrayed a ‘gritty’ atmosphere that was present before modern technology took over.

» Lights of the modern city
Placed at the rear of the Gallery, this district represented the growth of the modern city and how lighting from it can impact on surrounding areas. It drew particular attention to how imposing modern structures can be. The lighting creates a spiritual atmosphere and futuristic feel, acting as a beacon for all in the city.

I acted as Special Workshop Leader to help the completion of this project, also to run a range of related sessions in:

  • Traditional Woodworking – stool making
  • Making Beer from Wood
  • Making Paint from Wood