The competition aims to promote innovative public art, sculpture and functional furniture through creative re-imagination of salvaged materials. In it's third year, Design by Nature is responsible for many of our favourite art installations at the Brick Works like Fugitive Glue's "Node Garden Jack", and this years "Watershed Erratics" by Scott Barker.
Our submission is a set of 4 outdoor stools called STRATA:
The strata seating is inspired by the stratum and the stratigraphy drawings found in and around the quarry at the Brick Works. With a form mimicking drilled core samples, multiple discarded materials are repurposed to create the different layers of the seat.
Used concrete aggregate is mixed with a small percentage of fresh cement to create a stable base. The top surface is created from ground used corks from the Niagara wine region which creates a soft, warm seating platform. The middle two layers are made of made from wood chips and ground tires. The sawdust is from the shop from our studio and that would otherwise have been discarded. This includes wood from the city of Toronto taken down due to the Emerald Ash Borer.
The seat is sealed for outdoor use. Each seat is movable to accommodate impromptu meetings or can be used individually.
We will be posting more in the near future that shows the process of making the stools, which required a lot of testing and experimentation.