WOOD: art design architecture 2013


Soundscape and laser-cut dome exhibit + iPad interactive

I was commissioned to create two elements for the exhibition WOOD:art design architecture, a collaborative project between two of Adelaide’s key cultural institutions, JamFactory and the Museum of Economic Botany at the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide.

WoodWorked and SoundShell is a soundscape project installed at both venues. WoodWorked is an hour-long series of original compositions created from sounds derived from wood, inspired by consideration of four themes – Forest, Workshop, Time and Rummage. It plays continuously during opening hours in both gallery spaces, providing an atmospheric acoustic signature for the exhibition experience. SoundShell is a 30cm diameter laser-cut plywood geodesic dome that I designed and prototyped to serve as a point of material focus and containment for the soundscape. The hi-fidelity soundscape emanates from within the small dome.

A selection of tracks from WoodWorked can be heard at my Soundcloud site.

Following is a video showing assembly of the laser-cut plywood dome.

The other element for the exhibition is an iPad interactive that presents graphic, text and video media about each of the 28 exhibitors in the show, with additional data around tree species, sponsors messages and background to Stephen Goddard’s design development of the exhibition furniture, catalogue and graphics.


I designed the iPad interface and produced the majority of its content by repurposing from the 245pp catalogue. The software engine backend was programmed in collaboration with Robert St Clair.

gary warner 2013