A bus stop is nuanced in its status as a landmark for gathering. It is a one-time stop on the way to somewhere else; a daily and happen-chance shelter; a place for a rest, a place to wait; often, a punctuation in routine. The Queensborough bus shelter both serves and meditates upon these functions, specifically its role as a non-destination, a means to elsewhere.
Within Furled Trail, the directional slats comprising the bench, walls and roof of the structure invoke the motif of a trail. This motif is distorted through repetition, play with scale and placement; it is a tangled path to represent the suspension of a journey.
The bus shelter is first-most built to be mobility-inclusive, and thus to improve overall rider comfort and experience. The space is well-lit in day and night, with a large skylight in the roof and integrated nighttime lighting throughout.
2015, North Vancouver, BC
Bench Way is an architectural public sculpture with kinetic archways that stem from two benches. The work considers the aesthetic of functionality through alloy: the installation is half ubiquitous and rooted park bench, half a changing sculpture, overhead. The four kinetic features atop ten foot high stems move capriciously in wind, activating the interstitial passageway they articulate.
Layers, Steel, 2016
Layers is a reflection on one of Richmond's most important resources: soil. Soil plays a key role in Richmond's history, economy and vitality. It is because of soil, made up of diverse organisms and minerals, that a thriving natural ecosystem can exist, and does within the Alexandra Road Greenway. The work is a continuous railing, garden, and bench, inspired by the rich aggregation of sediment layers, upon which Richmond is built. Layers traces the greenway's northern edge, drawing emphasis to the preservation of green spaces within the city.
Graffiti Living Project #1
2015, Vancouver BC
wood, steel, arbutus tree
The Observation Pod is an abode that can be installed on existing ledges, beams or posts found throughout the city. Built with a single viewing window, the pod provides studio for contemplation and a lens to look only ahead, without peripheral distraction. The micro-shelter manipulates functionality and comfort in its constrictive size and simplicity, forcing its user to simply observe.
Graffiti Living Project #2
2014, Vancouver BC
Graffiti Living - Rail Ramp is a small studio space/ skateboard ramp that utilized Vancouver’s abandoned Olympic Rail Line as its foundation. The project was built to spark curiosity and to inspire conversations about the creative potential of underused urban spaces. The ramp was installed for two weeks, during which time it functioned as a mobile community space, for use to anyone who came across it.
Built in collaboration with Zenga Bros.
steel, cedar, bronze
Onion Domes are a first study of spirituality and architecture. Are spaces inherently spiritual? Do objects augment spiritual experiences? Can we imbibe objects with a spirituality, and do we really need things?
Ramp Desk is a transformable object that provides environments for work and play. Taking on the form and function of both skateboard ramp and studio desk, the object allows its user to transition between a work space and a skate space.
When you feel the need to clear your mind, simply lower the Ramp Desk, grab your board, and shred. Feel energized and focused. The Ramp Desk will improve overall health, increase morale and productivity, while leaving you with a certain feeling that the future, is bright.
charred cedar, steel, bronze, ceramic
Pit is a sculptural exploration into the act of making as a means to inner peace. Taking inspiration from the wooden Orthodox churches of the Russian North, the sculpture acts both as a work surface and a shelter. As the work bench digresses into a pitch, the table leg bores through its surface to support a distorted onion dome. The onion dome supports a series of steel rings counter-balanced by a hanging ceramic pendulum.
Hundreds of rods come together to form this sculptural banister.
Studio-Outsider is a personal exploration of an all-encompassing mobile space which allows the refuge of the studio to be brought out into the streets. The splintered plywood seams, exposed glue, and untreated surfaces of common building materials presents an accessible form of makeshift fabrication. The bearded head represents the outsider folk aesthetic that I am continually inspired by; the casters demonstrate my interest in transient freedom; and the interior space made up of a tool chest, work space, tea cabinet, library, notebooks and inspiring quotes reflects my creative process. The detachable ramp refers to my interest in the relationship between work and play and the importance of focused, physical activity within the creative process.
2014, Vancouver BC
Fade is a set of benches that melt into the rigid concrete foyer of Emily Carr University. The work considers the aesthetic of functionality by taking the ubiquitous park bench and presenting a malleable redefinition of such.
2015, Vancouver BC
plywood, spruce lumber, masonite, steel
Transforming the Burrard Hotel courtyard into a ripping skate session, this ramp was designed and built for the one-night hotel takeover art party hosted by Color Skateboard Magazine.
Built in collaboration with my brothers at Zenga Bros studios.