My initial inspiration from this project came from a sculpture that I saw in the VAC, it was a concrete sculpture that used some sort of epoxy to replicate a river. It looked very similar to this image which is a similar project that I found online.
I wanted to do something with concrete and resin, but with the COVID 19 effecting my project I turned to other alternatives. My neighbor here in California owns a lumber mill and had a slab of wood to spare me, so with this I decided to do a wood resin table. These tables first captured my attention my freshman year, when I saw one of these tables at a college party. I have also seen time lapse videos of the process on YouTube and Facebook which furthered my interest to make my own.
The aesthetic I wanted to capture with this project was a nature aesthetic. These tables are often made in two ways. the first way is a classic river table, where the resin is poured down the middle, giving the feel of a river. The other way, which is much less popular is pouring the resin on the outside of a single piece of wood that has a split or two. This with the proper resin, can create what looks to be an aerial view of a cliffside. This is the route I chose; I feel as if it captures an aesthetic of nature from a position that is not commonly viewed from, and that is from above.
- DMF board 4’x5′
- Silicone spray
- Wood screws
- Wood slab (given)
- Epoxy resin
- Color pigment
This design process follows the one outlined in the citation video.