I'm pondering how to deal with 16 foot* ceilings in my gallery space
Two floors at 8 feet within each level each seems somehow mean for a space designed for display but two levels of 16 feet each will need some major thought to make sense.
I have to decide if the space is a reused industrial building which would make such high ceilings work, particularly if I insert beams across the ceiling space. Or if the space is a new build where the bottom level uses interesting changes of floor and ceiling height and inserts to carve the space up. And the top level could be divided into two levels of 8 feet each and include offices and studio spaces: and a lot more work to create...
At the same time I'm considering options for flooring (a slightly easier thing to think about). I could go polished concrete (or the contact paper approximation of it). Recycled floorboards. Cork.
After taking this photo on my cutting board (which reminded me of the last photo in this post) I found myself idly wondering if I could use a cutting mat as flooring....
And then I saw this photo of Dusk Bar in Melbourne in an old magazine I was trawling for inspiration:And I suddenly started thinking about playing with scale within the gallery. Including real sized objects to add a playful touch. Remember The Borrowers?
Wendy suggests that using old wooden cotton reels for seating in the cafe area might solve the problem of finding (or, more to the point, buying or creating) large numbers of identical seats. (Instructions for the tin are here, if you're interested)
In related news, I had lunch with Ampersand Duck yesterday and she told me about what she's working on for her submission to the gallery. Very exciting. She also agreed that I could visit later and do an In the studio post to share her work in progress!
(*Miniaturists using 1/12th scale (1 inch = 1 foot) tend to talk in feet when they're really measuring in inches, if that makes sense. The display cabinets are 16 inches high, not 16 feet!)