Introduction - How do we relate to our local, natural resources?

The city of Vancouver has a past that is bound intimately to the land. It owes its success as a city to its stunning landscape and its wealth of natural resources. Vancouver was once a temperate rainforest and was thickly covered in magnificent trees. However, it wasn’t long until extensive logging began. Sawmills populated

Vancouver and lumber export became the city’s first major industry. A region that became home to an abundant source of old-growth forest, quickly became diminished due to rapidly growing industry.

The Bench

To recapture that lost feeling of connectedness with our environment, we set out to build a symbol of our city's metamorphosis. Through the reclamation of a 205-year-old Coastal Douglas-fir that had fallen late in 2011, our intention was to give it new life and to use its story as the foundation of a movement that seeks to better respect our precious resources. The symbolic representation of a fallen tree took the form of a public bench, which is currently on display on Granville Island.

The Reclaiming Process

By working alongside the City of Vancouver, we were able to get our hands on a fallen old-growth Douglas-fir from Stanley Park that dates back to 1807. This allowed us to fully immerse ourselves into the process step by step; from tree to furniture. In utilizing the 205 year old giant, we create a story through the manipulation of the wood and how it creates a connection to Vancouver. This ultimately has the capacity of being able instill a deep sense of appreciation of our land and resources.


The Movement

By learning to repurpose our valuable resources and as a result, better respect our resources, Ingrain becomes a larger movement. Through a number of deliverables such as posters, public installations, a website, seed-packets, and more, it is our hope to instill a sense of respect for our resources within the public psyche.

The bench is the epicentre of this movement, but certainly not the end point. We want the bench to be proof of the potential of what our resources possess, but what those resources become, waste or treasure, is up to the public.

It's what we make of it.

Website Animation

Aritzia Design Award Honourable Mention 2012

Project Collaboration with Brian Tong and Karston Smith