Friedman Hall, Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island
Working with Anmahian Winton Architects and Shawmut Construction, Whetstone contributed to the renovation of this historical Brown University building with the construction of the solid bronze entryway. Custom patterned panels flank the entrance and adorn the inner vestibule. Over 40 custom patina samples were generated during the design process for this project.
Museum of Future Government Services
Part of a larger exhibition, the Museum of Future Government Services was set up as an interactive, life-sized 'Smart Street' and took visitors on a tour of possible future services. For this project, Whetstone fabricated life sized frames for the vehicle prototypes pictured.
The 2015 Museum of Future Government Services is a project by the Prime Minister's Office of the UAE directed by Tellart with an international team of top design studios including Specular, Softlab, Bompas and Parr, Octo, Idee und Klang, and Future Cities Catapult. The onsite build and installation was done by Tellart in collaboration with Publicis Live, Neumann Miller and Projex.
The Coffee Connector
The Coffee Connector is an interaction based coffee brewing experience. With a design inspired by the beauty and function of a high-powered jet. Whetstone fabricated the curvy metal base and auxiliary components out of steel and stainless steel for this high-tech piece.
Chrome Web Lab
Exhibited in the Museum of Science London, Chrome Web Lab is a user-experience exploration integrating online and on site interaction. Whetstone built and fabricated the framework for the 10 main exhibit installations. Some exhibits featured large metal rings, as big as 8' in diameter, rolled from square tubing.
The Web Lab was conceptualized and designed by Google Creative Labs and Tellart. Tellart worked alongside partners Universal Design Studio, MAP, B-Reel, Karsten Schmidt, and Fraser Randall to produce and install the final exhibit.
Where the Heart Belongs
Where the Heart Belongs is an imposing but strikingly simple sculpture made from logs, milled wood, and stainless steel in the Beach Museum of Art's Stolzer Family Foundation Gallery. It is rooted in Backes's childhood memories of trees and the things they become and is also a reflection of her keen observations and questions about place.
Whetstone constructed the largest of the three sculptures. Built of 2x4 stainless tube, this steel house stands 13 feet high and is designed to bolt together on site for ease in transportation.