WeCutFoam Collaborated with the Exploratorium Museum to Create the New Innovation Zone Exhibit
WeCutFoam has collaborated with the Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco to create “Whispering Dishes” exhibit, the first Living Innovation Zone, also known as LIZ. The company machined parts of high density foam, which was then sprayed with concrete to create this design, and serve as a new dynamic and interactive public space.
This exhibit, called “Whispering Dishes” is one of ten new Living Innovation Zones Exhibits that are planned to be placed on the sidewalks of San Francisco, to serve as new dynamic and interactive public spaces. Those exhibits will connect visitors, innovators and the City of San Francisco to facilitate visitor’s exploration and hands on science and technology, while revitalizing the city. This first LIZ exhibit was placed on Market Street, next to Yerba Buena, with Mayor Edwin Lee launching it on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, and is the first in the nation.
WeCutFoam machined the “Whispering Dishes” design with its CNC router, using high density Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam. The exhibit project was made in five layers, each being 7” thick, then machined both at top and bottom. To finalize the foam cutting stage, all layers were glued to one another to create the full display.
The foam was then sent to Concrete Concepts & Design, a company in Richmond owned by Mr. Heriberto Esquivel. Heriberto and his staff sprayed concrete on top of the foam, and once hardened and dried the exhibit design was ready to be displayed. The end product is two 8 foot tall dishes facing each other, being 50 feet apart, with standing geometric layers between them. The structure is made so that people standing on each side of the dishes, whispering will be able to hear each other, even with the heavy street noise.
Tal, WeCutFoam Co-Owner said, “I was truly excited and thrilled to be a part of something so innovative. This was one of the more fun projects we have had the pleasure of creating. It was great to collaborate with the Jesse Marsh from the Exploratorium and with Heriberto to see how it all put together and comes to Life.”
Tal continued to say that, “We have vast experience with creating displays and exhibits. This is our passion. We just love making props, signs and displays, and even if it’s not the easiest projects, it’s for sure rewarding.” The company has made other exhibits for the Exploratorium in the past, as well as background displays for Petersen Automotive Museum, exhibit parts for San Jose Repertory Theater, window displays for Macy’s and many more.
WeCutFoam is one of the leading foam cutting services company in the Bay Area, serving the entire U.S. and shipping world-wide for over twelve years. The company offers foam, wood, plastics and metal cutting and machining for creating props, signs, logos, displays, exhibits and much more. WeCutFoam is also known for its artistic department, providing carving, sanding, coating and painting services to create full-rounded projects.
About the company: WeCutFoam was founded in Silicon Valley, CA in 2001. The company specializes in customized cutting shapes out of almost any type of foam, while using its own line of CNC foam cutters and routers. WeCutFoam creates props for movie sets and theaters, dimensional signs, letters, logos, architectural shapes, museum exhibits, trade shoes displays, prototypes, parade floats and more. The company makes full scale 3D shapes like race cars, planes and props, up to 20’ long and more, providing coating and painting as well.
Tal Barnea, Owner