Photos: Royal Ontario Museum
I recently volunteered to work in Philip Beesley’s studio for a handful of days, helping with fabrication for an upcoming Philip Beesley Architects installation — commissioned for a tour beginning in Vienna in October. The evening of my first day, I was invited to “Le Metabolism: Transforming Design on Film,” an artist talk at the Royal Ontario Museum — including a screening of the film “Le Metabolism” about the making of the ROM Dome Dress; access to the two exhibits — “Philip Beesley: Transforming Space” and “Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion”; and a private reception.
Just to provide further context, in their studio, I spent several days working on fabrication of the long acrylic conical spikes for the larger globes, and the smaller star/ globe pieces in acrylic and metal (the Noosphere structures) — laser printed, heat formed, meticulously constructed with tiny fasteners (joiners, tubing and acrylic nails). Twenty small acrylic globes were needed for the upcoming exhibit, although there were several larger and similar sized ones fabricated from metal as well. Each (small) globe took an entire day for one person to fabricate; medium sized globes took half a day.
Not only was it really insightful to see how a studio at this scale manages their workflow/ spaces for the development of int’l touring exhibitions, but it was really cool to see similar fixtures in the exhibit to what I had spent the day fabricating in their studio.