joy charbonneau & ed zec: great lakes joy charbonneau & ed zec: great lakes
mar 27, 2010

joy charbonneau & ed zec: great lakes

photo by shanghoon jeong

designers joy charbonneau and ed zec have used scientific measurements of north america’s great lakes to create this series of cast metal sculptures. the series is made from both bronze and aluminium, recreating the depths of the famous lakes to scale. the data for the project is based on bathymetric information from the national oceanic and atmospheric administration (NOAA)  and represents the five lakes volumetrically. the designers explain their fascination with these large bodies of water, ‘we are engaged with the larger social, political and environmental economy emerging from the great lakes and are equally fascinated by the intricate specificities of them as an object.’

lake superior in aluminum photo by shanghoon jeong

lake superior in aluminum photo by shanghoon jeong

lake huron in aluminum photo by shanghoon jeong

lake ontario in aluminum photo by shanghoon jeong

lake michigan in aluminum photo by shanghoon jeong

photo by shanghoon jeong

photo by shanghoon jeong

photo by shanghoon jeong

lake michigan in bronze photo by shanghoon jeong

  • I’m going to be picky here, but these aren’t to exactly scale, this is an exaggerated scale, the lakes are much shallower than this, but that would make for a less interesting sculpture.

    I do like them though.

    Scott says:
  • thanks, but you needn’t have bothered

    sorry says:
  • I love the intricacy and remarkable patterns that emerge when the underside of the lakes are revealed. Makes one appreciate more the beauty of these massive natural resources.

    Derek says:
  • Nice… clever AND sexy — well done!

    Geoff says:
  • We have one of the limited aluminum silver versions, SO BEAUTIFUL in real life even more than in the picture, and such a fun table-top game!

    Cheers and keep up the good work! [now my love wants the lake Loch Ness — do they take special requests!!?]

    colin says:

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