Beehive- by Graham Roebeck
Structural Integrity Ltd
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Beehive explores the theme of today’s highly portable digital art and media –interpreted through the timeless analogy of sculpture as frozen music.
In 2008 the Formica Corporation commissioned 10 of the world's most influential architects to design sculptural pieces to be auctioned for the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center. Peter Eisenmann, Michael Graves, Zaha Hadid, Thom Mayne, Bill Pedersen, Laurinda Spear, Bernard Tschumi, Jaime Velez, Massimo Vignelli and Buzz Yudell contributed to a nine piece collection entitled Form: Architects at Play.
Described by New York gallery owner Max Protetch as comprising museum worthy forms to domestic showpieces, eight pieces and one concept were sold at auction by Christies Fine Arts Division for $425,000.
In March 2011 the Laminex Group brought the original collection to New Zealand for the Auckland Arts Festival and invited New Zealand architects and design professionals to submit entries to an inaugural design competition Formica Formations. Graham Roebeck won the Professional category with Beehive.
A calabash is a hollowed out gourd, which for millennia have been used as storage vessels for water and food, which allowed human exploration of arid habitats and the transfer of cultures. The leaf sections of the chair reflect the ongoing development of the guitar pick from a convenient rounded found object to its present highly refined yet simple teardrop shape. The collision of the ancient and the modern worlds; ubiquitous technology allowing viral transfer of ideas through media storage and transmission devices- the iPod is the modern calabash.
Beehive is made exclusively in New Zealand by David Trubridge.
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