Canada Day Installation

Elevation + Plan


Denegri Bessai Studio won a national competition to design a picnic table-inspired artwork created with the involvement of the public. Our entry, titled Maple-Synthesis, is a table whose design is loosely based on the pattern of a maple leaf, seen from above.

CNC cut pattern


The base is made of a pre-fabricated steel frame and the top is made from three layers of CNC cut ¾” plywood that is marked with a pattern on each layer, creating a topography of cells. Benches are bolted to the frame.

public filling the pockets


The design of the table allows for multiple seating configurations and uses. Unlike a more traditional table, it accommodates a large family or several smaller groupings. The table allows users to sit inwards or outwards facing the Ottawa River.

multiple seating configurations


From 10am – 5 pm on July 1st 2014 at Jacques Cartier Park in Gatineau, Quebec, members of the public were invited to fill the pattern of over 200 cells (one cell each) with an aggregate of finely crushed rock, in red and white and other colours, creating patterns that express their individual perspective. The tabletops will then be sealed into a surface suitable for picnicking and game playing.

filled and capped pockets


The table was part of a Canadian Heritage public art project that will saw the designs of several of Canada’s most exciting artist/designers come to life. The picnic-table inspired works were installed throughout the National Capital Region until September 2nd. The competition’s theme, “1+1=Us” reflects the history, memory and multiple identities that shape Canada. The picnic table concept allows for places of sharing, discussion and entertainment.

finished installation


Location: Jacques Cartier Park, Ottawa ON
Year: 2014