Every day starting on November 1, 2013 from 8:30 am to 11:00 pm. Ending on November 30, 2013
Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave Coral Gables, FL 33134
November 1 - December 1, 2013
In the Anthony R. Abraham Family Gallery
Over period of three years Eric Peterson has worked with students at Florida International University School of Architecture building furniture and researching the material potential of shipping pallets. This exhibition is both a retrospective of this work and an invitation for us to reconsider how we value humble materials.
Shipping pallets are made in many different countries: the majority of finished consumer products and many building materials, foods, and raw materials are transported around the globe on standard wooden shipping pallets. Pallets change hands, travel across oceans and continents, are damaged and repaired multiple times over their useful life-cycle. These ubiquitous devices play a fundamental role in supporting our consumer culture and yet go largely unnoticed in our daily lives
The furniture and architectural material prototypes displayed in this exhibit dispense with the notion of a predetermined material nobility. Instead, wood from shipping pallets is investigated for its potential properties as cladding, surface, structure, or spatial modulator. Through the investment of human labor, Palletcraft exposes the hidden qualities of an overlooked material resource and asks us to reconsider the ramifications of our participation in global material and product transportation networks