Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation Bibliotheca

A stunning new architectural installation commissioned for the first anniversary of the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) in Sydney created a spectacular space for displaying catalogues and other publications.

Designed by Chris Bosse, Asia Pacific Director, Laboratory for Visionary Architecture [LAVA] the installation is an evolutionary display, with changing lights and effects, which will adapt and grow in response to each new gallery project creating an ephemeral and surreal experience with changing lights and effects.

Holding a selection of Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation and Art and Australia publications in honeycomb shaped cells, the transparent colored acrylic installation is backlit via energy efficient LED lights.

The installation showcases Bosse’s ongoing fascination with the efficiency and beauty of geometries in nature – the potential for naturally evolving systems for new building typologies and structures.


The shape of the installation is based on a ‘voronoi’ or ‘bubble geometry’ similar to the Beijing Watercube.

Dr Gene Sherman, director of Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, who commissioned the work, said, ‘Chris’ installation possesses an aesthetic that resonates throughout the gallery space and is in addition intriguingly functional.’

The bookcase uses the latest digital fabrication and engineering techniques such as CNC milling and CAD CAM technology. LAVA maintained a “digital chain” throughout the design and production process.


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