Kimiis has just joined us in our studio, and we’re looking forward to collaborating with them on a few new concepts in the coming months.
Their most recent project, Embedded History, is currently being installed at Prince Arthur’s Landing in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The artwork is a vertically mounted, CNC-derived concrete surface that is representative of the Métis nation, and incorporates three themes – history and culture, materiality, and discovery. The process began with digital imagery of calm and turbulent waters overlaid onto each other. Then the pattern was superimposed onto pine and cedar wood panels, which were milled and used to cast a series of rubber moulds. The moulds were then used to cast concrete panels, resulting in concrete that appears to flow like water, while having the texture of wood grain. The pine and cedar surfaces represent the historical blending of the cultures, those of aboriginal peoples and French voyageurs. Historically, the site was a gateway for traders, voyageurs, and settlers, who shared a dependence on the area’s natural resources and network of waterways.
Shown below are small sections of the final concrete surface, the CNC-milled pine and cedar wood panels, and the rubber moulds.
For more on Kimiis and their work go to www.kimiis.ca