8’6″ x 13′ x 5′
steel, aluminum, plywood, linear urethane enamel, lights, custom electronics
Eventually/Everything, interprets a brief quote from American Designer Charles Eames as a mantra of pragmatic idealism. The form is inspired by mid century incandescent billboards that at one time populated the building fronts and rooftops of many US cities. Eames’ words are folded back into the piece as a single blinking light, tapping out the designer’s posthumous words in Morse code.
“Eventually everything connects—people, ideas, objects… the quality of the connections is the key to quality per se… I don’t believe in this ‘gifted few’ concept, just in people doing things they are really interested in doing. They have a way of getting good at whatever it is”
What at first appears to be a relic, or a derelict advertisement is revealed as a reexamination of these motivational words.
The structure of the sign is constructed from steel tube fabricated to be bolted together on-site. Letters are plywood and aluminum bolted directly to the frame. Lighting is in the form of both incandescent and halogen bulbs. The timing of the Morse code text is controlled by a programmed micro-controller.