British designer Sebastian Cox teamed up with with sculptor Laura Ellen Bacon to create a large wooden sculpture for the Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 in London. The piece, entitled The Invisible Store of Happiness, is made from steam-bent and twisted wood ribbons and its creation resulted in less carbon emissions that those produced in the making of an iPhone 6.
The artists set themselves on a challenge of creating an installation that would expend less carbon than the iPhone 6. The 8-meter-high and 4.4-meter-long wooden structure was made from elements which were all calculated into the end figure of 110 kilograms of carbon dioxide. In order to calculate the emissions, the designers recorded the time spent on manufacturing each element.
The final design has concentric cherry and maple wood sections connected with radial elements. Thanks to the use of different diameters, the entire structure looks like it leans inwards. The cherry wood was soaked in water overnight and then steamed at high temperatures for two hours to enable it to bend and create different forms. These are connected with the ribbon-like pieces with 380 glueless mortise and tenon joints. The sculpture was on display during the Clerkenwell Design Week in London.
Photos by Petr Krejci