The architecture department presents wHY Architecture’s Four Salvaged Boxes Exhibit from Sept. 27 to Oct. 24. An opening reception and discussion, “Four Boxes and Four Trees: The Farmer, The Architect, The Landscape Architect and The Chef” takes place Oct. 1, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The exhibition and event highlights a shared path to sustainability with dialogues across disciplines, from architecture, landscape architecture, food production and cooking. The 4 Salvaged Boxes documents the design approach and process wHY Architecture applied toward quality design and creative environmental sustainability, with focus on the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the first new art museum building in the world to receive the LEED Gold certification, and other current projects from wHY Architecture.
The boxes are made with salvaged materials from the Museum’s construction. When closed, the boxes function as their own traveling crates, protecting their inner contents. When opened, the boxes unfold to present information about the sustainable design features of the Grand Rapids Art Museum and other innovative green projects, through the use of diagrams, models, material samples and videos. Made from recycled materials and designed to produce minimal waste in its installation and transportation, the boxes act as traveling “cabinets of curiosities,” transported from one place to another to interact with their audience.
Contributors to the exhibition and event include: The Farm from the campus of Pomona College, the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies, and Biotrek.