Split Room Divider

Due to the development in woodworking from splitting to machining the wood is transformed from it’s natural, rough shape to perfectly straight beams and planks.

These two techniques - the ancient and the modern - show the contrast of the primal form of wood and men’s ability to perfect the material into a workable size and shape neglecting the natural growth of the tree.

While cleaving a piece of wood, weak points inside the material are used to split the beam: it opens along it’s grain and the tree reveals itself. What seems to be an unpredictable action at first glance is actually the result of years and years of growth.

 

The room divider stands as an ordinary beam - while opening, it is unfolding, pulled apart in positive and negative pieces showing the true materiality of wood hidden inside.

Year 2019

Material Douglas Pine

Photography Pierre Castignola

© Paul Coenen 2020

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