|Project by NíccoloJosé||posted 03-27-2011 03:58 AM||2825 views||4 times favorited||23 comments|
Bookshelf of Knowledge (October 22- November 11, 2010 with one assistant)
Dimensions: 26’’ x 56’’ x 102’‘
Net Weight: 280lbs
My dad adopted and balled 300 Mahogany tree (30yrs old average) to our farm after he found out they were giving them away to make way for the construction and development of Texas Instrument factory and Samsung factory near our farm. After a few months of balling all the trees, one of the biggest typhoon (Ketsana) hit the Philippines in September 2009 and killed 200 out of the 300 Mahogany trees we transfered. I told my dad to store all the lumber, the roots, and even branches as I will give another life to those dead trees.
As I needed a bookshelf to store the books I have brought back, I decided to use the raw Mahogany for the first time and combine it with old wood. I wanted to custom fit the sculptural bookshelf in the corner of my room where there was an I-beam protruding from the wall. The ceiling was high so I wanted the concept of a “spiral staircase in a tree house”. I wanted to easily sit on the bottom shelf and be able to climb up the shelves too without needing a ladder like what I’m doing in the last photo.
Made from recycled century old houses in the Philippines except for the 30 year old (1)Mahogany branches that hold everything together. The rest of the materials are (2)Tamarind, (3)Narra, (4)Kamagong, (5) Ipil, (6) Dungon, (7) Kalantas or Philippines Cedar, (8) Molave, (9) Bakan, (10) Palo de China, and (11)Abaca rope
-- Niccolo Jose; Filipino Artist, www.niccolojose.com