Building the first haptic map: the Untitled ṮEṮÁĆES map gallery

triptych of finished Untitled ṮEṮÁĆES map

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drawing of map1. The first sketch of the map concept, which was was originally a table-top design of some kind.

glowing horizon2. This picture was taken by Kim while paddle boarding one early spring morning. It was seeing that floating clouds that inspired the idea to be within rather than above a map.

alternative, walk-in map concept3. Sketching ideas for a wrap-around map concept.

chalk drawing of map designs4. We carried the concept in the paper drawing over to the studio. This is when TEMOSEṈ pointed out that the design looks a lot like a traditional Coast Salish goat horn bracelet.

supplies and tools for maquette build5. Starting the scale model (1:12 scale), or maquette, for the new design, made out of paper (card stock).

inner wall of maquette6. The inner wall for the maqutte.

half-built maquette in sunlight7. Farther along, now, with the carved wall added and the translucent paper in place.

triptych of completed maquette8. Completed maquette. Note the embedded lighting.

goat protractor on plywood sheet9. Moving on to the full scale construction, now. We built the top and bottom rings, to which the outer and inner walls attach, out of 1/4" plywood sheet. But we needed to make a large circle of even thickness, so we built a large protractor out of scrap wood.

protractor closeup10. Closeup of the protractor in action. It worked better than expected.

plywood sheet with arced lines11. Ready to use the jigsaw to cut out the pieces of the circle shape.

TEMOSEṈ kneeling and arranging wood pieces12. TEMOSEṈ in the studio, layering the circle pieces together for gluing. We would cut the entrance in later, once we confirmed the length needed for the inner and outer walls.

wooden circle on floor with taped joins13. Waiting for epoxy to cure. We taped every seam down to prevent shifting.

plywood sheets on a flatbed trailer14. Midway through gluing the inside wall lengths together.

three joined plywood sheets15. Three 4'x8' sheets of plywood glued together with epoxy. They were hilariously difficult to move around: it was like wrestling an oarfish.

plywood construction site in small garage16. It took many weeks of gluing and clamping in a kind friend's nearby garage to add structure to the curved panels.

three plywood arcs lined up17. The basic ring structure is complete. We divided the large circle into three parts so that they could stack together and fit in the back of a pickup truck or van.

TEMOSEṈ looking at curved plywood sheets18. This was a big day! Back in the studio, TEMOSEṈ and I lined up the panels to see how they fit together.

TEMOSEṈ inspecting the entrance to the plywood circle19. Things lined up well enough to continue, and we were happy with the size of the entrance.

TEMOSEṈ kneeling and arranging wood pieces20. We next had to figure out how to make the legs for the supports work. They had to be light, strong, and durable. We ended up epoxying some wooden plates to the ends of PVC pipe. Then, we would slide 2"x2" cedar lengths into the pipe.

cedar posts inserted into PVC pipe21. Success! The 2"x2" cedar lengths fit into the PVC pipes perfectly. In this image, we have clamped the PVC pipes in place and we are waiting for the epoxy to cure.

closeup of map support legs system22. We set the height of the legs by drilling holes in the 2"x2" cedar lengths, and then sliding a dowling peg in place. With the pegs removed, the legs can be tucked up into the piping for easier transport of the panels.

Salish design cut into three paper sheets22. The panels were coming along nicely, so it was time to design the carved sheets that would go on the outside walls of the panels. TEMOSEṈ made a scale model out of paper.

TEMOSEṈ drawing design onto plywood sheet23. The art of turning the model into reality. TEMOSEṈ used a lifetime of experience and practice to freehand the design at the correct scale onto the panels.

plywood panel with Salish art design24. The first of the outside panels cut and ready for primer.

Matt painting a panel with white paint25. Matt laying some primer onto an outside panel.

Painting a panel with black paint26. TEMOSEṈ laying some black paint onto an outside panel.

TEMOSEṈ holding up a panel with black paint and Salish design27. TEMOSEṈ holding up the first completed panel!

Jesse applying primer to plywood28. Meanwhile, we still had work to do on the inside panels. Jesse Campbell, who painted the seascape on the inside of the map, applies some primer.

metal flashing laying on plywood arc29. The islands in the installation are held in place with magnets on their back surface. But, the magnets have to stick to something. It took a lot of trial and failure to finally find what worked: painted steel roofing flashing, show here being fitted in place.

half finsished map in the studio30. Things were starting to come together at last. We finally had the map back in the shop, now with its painted horizon, and its various elements making good progress.

Matt in front of the map in a driveway31. Matt taking a well-earned break on a warm evening after confirming the fit of another outside panel.

bright yellow light shining through paper cutout32. We also had to build the islands for the piece. To get their outline perfect, Kim printed off an image of each island and cutout its shape. Then, he used a light to project the island's outline onto a sheet of plywood.

yellow light outline of island on plywood33. It took a while to figure out, but once the light was in the right place, the outline of each island could be traced accurately and easily.

TEMOSEṈ holding up models of islands on the plywood wall34. We had to get the scale of the islands just right. Too small and they looked silly. Too big and they would be too heavy to magnetize to the wall. Eventually, we found the size with which we were happy.

supplies for making the islands in a living room floor35. We used a mix of house-insulation foam, plywood, and fexlible plastic sheeting to construct the islands.

model of an island from the front36. Front view of an island, about half finished.

model of an island from the back37. Back view of the same island.

model of an island from the back38. Kim solders battery poack and speaker wires to the mother board and motion senseors, so that the islands can speak aloud their SENĆOŦEN and English language names when moved.

four motion sensor units39. Four motion sensor units fully assembled and ready to embed in the back of each island.

three island models on the ground40. Three islands painted and ready to use on the Untitled ṮEṮÁĆES map.

map panels in the back of a truck41. Another big moment was when we confirmed that the Untitled ṮEṮÁĆES map could fit in the back of TEMOSEṈ's truck!

the Untitled ṮEṮÁĆES map in a community hall42. The Untitled ṮEṮÁĆES map was shown as part of Kim's PhD defense, but its first, big public show happened on SḴŦAḴ/Mayne Island, as part of the 2023 Campbell Bay Music Fest.

the Untitled ṮEṮÁĆES map in Legacy Gallery43. For the Untitled ṮEṮÁĆES map's show at the Legacy Gallery, we finally added the lighting and sound elements (an ocean soundscape) and it finally feels done, at least for now!

the Untitled ṮEṮÁĆES map in Legacy Gallery44. The Untitled ṮEṮÁĆES map is ready to invite you in to explore.

the Untitled ṮEṮÁĆES map in Legacy Gallery45. We plan to show the Untitled ṮEṮÁĆES map in other venues in the coming years. Check out the Updates page for the latest information.

If you have any questions, especially if you are making your own map, please get in touch using the contact form at the bottom of the page. Thanks!


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