Canada Day Installation


filled and capped pockets

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. 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. 

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.

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.


Location:  Jacques Cartier Park, Ottawa ON
Project Team:  Tom Bessai, Maria Denegri, Duncan Sabiston, Evan Wakelin, Andre Almeida
Wood Fabrication:  CUTTING EDGE CNC
Steel Fabrication:  MYRIAD METALS


Elevation + Plan



 Part-to-whole relationship between individual cells and overall shape



Study model


CNC cut pattern


public filling the pockets


multiple seating configurations


finished installation





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