Sculptural exhibit titled ‘Materials House’, comprising a large sculpture made of 213 materials in individually shaped pieces, built up in undulating layers. It is accompanied by a wall-mounted materials library identifying the material and source for each layer.
This piece was commissioned by the Science Museum in 1997 for the Challenge of Materials gallery and was built on site layer by layer. John Thomas constructed it to Thomas Heatherwick's design.
It allows visitors to explore a huge range of materials in an imaginative and original way. Heatherwick wanted “to do justice to [materials’] capabilities”.
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House: 3000 mm x 2000 mm x 600 mm,
Library: 590 mm x 6000 mm x 110 mm,
- Commissioned by the Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, 1997
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