Ingrain Bench by Rodrigo Caula
by Harry / July 24, 2012


Rodrigo Caula has attempted to recapture "that lost feeling of connectedness with our environment" and has set out to build a symbol of his city's metamorphosis.



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In the form of a symbolic representation of a fallen tree, Caula's work is a public bench currently on display on Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia.


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"The city of Vancouver has a past that is bound intimately to the land. It owes its success as a city to its stunning landscape and its wealth of natural resources." explains Caula.


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"Vancouver was once a temperate rainforest and was thickly covered in magnificent trees."


"By working alongside the City of Vancouver, we were able to get our hands on a fallen old-growth Douglas-fir from Stanley Park that dates back to 1807."


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"This allowed us to fully immerse ourselves into the process step by step; from tree to furniture."


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"In utilizing the 205 year old giant, we create a story through the manipulation of the wood and how it creates a connection to Vancouver."


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"The compound facets are a symbol of how time can manipulate form as it does with weathered rock, or like the growth of our precious trees."


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Caula's intention is to give new life to the 205-year-old Coastal Douglas-fir "and to use its story as the foundation of a movement that seeks to better respect our precious resources."

Created in collaboration with Brian Tong and Karston Smith.

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