Materials House

Made:
1999 in London
maker:
Thomas Heatherwick

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'Materials House', Science Museum, London, 2007. Specially commissioned sculptural exhibit combining 213 different
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

'Materials House', Science Museum, London, 2007. Specially commissioned sculptural exhibit combining 213 different
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Sculptural exhibit by Thomas Heatherwick titled 'Materials House', an assembly of 213 materials in over 2000
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

'Materials House', Science Museum, London, 2007. Specially commissioned sculptural exhibit combining 213 different
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

'Materials House', Science Museum, London, 2007. Specially commissioned sculptural exhibit combining 213 different
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

'Materials House', Science Museum, London, 2007. Specially commissioned sculptural exhibit combining 213 different
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

'Materials House', Science Museum, London, 2007. Specially commissioned sculptural exhibit combining 213 different
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

'Materials House', Science Museum, London, 2007. Specially commissioned sculptural exhibit combining 213 different
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

'Materials House', Science Museum, London, 2007. Specially commissioned sculptural exhibit combining 213 different
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

'Materials House', Science Museum, London, 2007. Specially commissioned sculptural exhibit combining 213 different
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

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”.

Details

Category:
Art
Object Number:
2019-215
type:
sculpture
credit:
Commissioned by the Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, 1997

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