Leo Berk
Threshold
2009
Salvaged timbers, epoxy, urethane and cork
18ftH x 24ftW x 44ftD
The timbers and decking used to create Threshold were salvaged from a one-story building that previously stood on the site of Rollin Street Flats. To highlight the history of this wood, the artist milled the 100 year old Douglas fir beams to make them smooth and true, and then patched their cracks, bolt holes, and other imperfections with tinted resin. The flooring tiles are slices from three of these beams; for each set of tiles, Berk emphasized the same year of growth by cutting away a step surrounding the matching growth ring and filling the void with orange-tinted resin. The tiles are in sequence and book-matched to make the resulting pattern. The standing timbers, floor tiles and decking in Threshold respond to the building’s design, recall the material’s former use, and allude to the landscape from which they were originally claimed.
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