After the success of the Change Elevators and Business Is… installations for the Business School at the University of Washington, Kristine Matthews and her collaborator Prof. Karen Cheng were invited back to design a new permanent installation. This was slated for a new building under construction called Dempsey Hall, designed by LMN Architects. A compact entrance and lobby meant that the design solution could not take up valuable floor space. As the walls were clad in fir, the installation was designed to integrate directly into the wooden slats. At first, the etched quotes—from Margaret Thatcher to Obi Wan Kenobi—seem wildly eclectic, but upon closer reading, a common thread emerges: each features the word ‘business’.
View a two-minute video of the project here.