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Metal Over Wood is an interactive, mixed media installation confronting the tensions between ‘development’ and displacement in Seattle’s past, present and future. Echoing the form of the traditional Native plankhouses which once stood in Pioneer Square, the project integrates construction materials with natural elements using traditional Native weaving techniques to maneuver through a grid of wires representing the urban layout of Seattle.
Bringing these dissonant materials together, we aim to illustrate the cyclical patterns of colonialism and its violent consequences for natural and human ecologies as the city of Seattle continues to succumb to construction. We ask participants to engage with the installation in a hands-on way, inviting visitors to weave materials and imagine alternate means of breaking the cycle of development and displacement.