Midden – A Short Video
Click here to view a beautifully produced short video about Brent’s design process. We recently completed a large installation commissioned by Telus for a new space in their office. The installation is a 60 foot long series of panels entitled Midden. A midden is essentially an ancient depot for domestic waste. In coastal middens, clam and oyster shells remain fairly intact for over 100’s of years because of the high calcium carbonate content in the shells, which lessens the acidity in the soil. Through the examination of these middens we are offered valuable clues about the diet and habits of past coastal communities.
With that in mind, I have used wood thoughtfully harvested and carefully employed in the installation. The shells are carved from the outer layers of the maple trees, saved while milling maple for dining tables.More Insights
The drum has been a coveted instrument of pleasure and ceremony as far back as history itself. I am intrigued by the tendency in a piece of this mass to “check” or crack toward the heart as it dries.The check is an anticipated release of tension, which interrupts the rhythm of the natural timeline. This elemental form exudes empowerment and innocence.View Furniture
This unintentional legacy left behind by these coastal communities is a snap shot into the lives
of these ancient people. The Florencia Bay sculpture is a metaphor for culture, community, and the transference of knowledg. and an homage to a specific place on Vancouver Island.
This large dining table was produced for Yew seafood + bar in downtown Vancouver, which is located inside the Four Seasons hotel. I had initially done a smaller dining table and a wall sculpture many years ago for a different space within the restaurant. This massive table is constructed of Western Maple and is 28 feet in length.View Space