weyers & borms: 'quercus' water barrel
jun 23, 2009
weyers & borms: 'quercus' water barrel

‘quercus’, 2004
water butt, composite (glass fibre and polyester), acrylic paint
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weyers & borms
recently had their project ‘quercus’ on show in the ‘je suis dada’ show
at the design flanders gallery in brussels. ‘quercus’ is a water barrel made from a polyester / fibreglass
cast of a 150 year-old oak trunk. the oak tree was waiting to be sawn. at a point in time a tree like
this is in the twilight zone – a transitional phase. it is no longer anchored to the ground,
nor part of a forest, no longer breathing. typically turned into glorious floorboards, it is at this point
that the designers took the tree in another direction. a silicone mold of the tree resulted in
a form that is almost identical to the original. the composite was selected to suit the object’s
new use and combines water-tightness with the life expectancy of a water barrel.

a small tap is built into the trunk to release collected water
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water collection device
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