Centennial Chromograph by Variable Project is an exercise to generate formal and spatial constructions with 100-years history quantities of data (information sampled from the Minnesota School of Architecture). This information, chronologically mapped and diagrammatically abstracted through superimposed curves, drives the installation’s overall form.
The installation consists of 100 robotically-routed plywood ribs, joined together with 8,080 colorful pencils. The curvature of the ribs expresses major historical eras and periods of the School, while the color of the pencils reflects the changing composition of the School’s degree programs over its first century. The chromatic logic allows one to read the evolution of the School’s degree programs through time.
The project was fabricated and assembled over a ten-day period, in collaboration with a team of University of Minnesota School of Architecture students.
Design: Variable Projects – Adam Marcus, Daniel Raznick
Fabrication & Assembly: Adam Marcus, Daniel Raznick, Jordan Barlow, Sam Daley, Kevin Groenke
Computational Design (Catalyst Workshop, March 2013): Nathan Miller
Prototyping (Catalyst Workshop, March 2013): Will Adams, Philip Bussey, Sam Daley, Matthew Enos, Derek
Gallagher, Mohsen Ghanbari, Dantes Ha, Hwan Kim, Benjamin Kraft, Wei Liu, Dan Raznick, Stuart Shrimpton, Christina Smith
Centennial Graphic Identity: Kai Salmela
Images courtesy of Variable Projects