Bemis Soft Cube

A flexible, multi-purpose social platform for events and exhibitions

  • Type Cultural
  • Location Omaha, Nebraska
  • Status Completed
  • Date 2008
  • Project Partners

    Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts:
    Mark Masuoko, former Director
    Hesse McGraw, former Chief Curator
    Bemis Center staff & interns


An installation in a gallery at the Bemis Center, Soft Cube functions as a set of devices that soften the white cube and create a flexible, multi-purpose social platform for events and exhibitions. In contrast to the familiar site – a white gallery conversion within an early 20th century warehouse – the primary component of the Soft Cube is the Soft Wall, an undulating wall of Homasote strips with a bench of sanded Homasote as its base. The strips are nailed to a ribbed structure of plywood cut and notched with a CNC-router. The simple and repetitive application of the strips in two opposed orientations appears to float over the curved surface. The wall is backlit with shielded fluorescent strip lights.

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2011 AIA Nebraska Honor Award for Details

The Power of Pro-Bono, John Cary, ed. Metropolis Books, October 2010

Project Team

Mo Trumble, Drew Seyl, Eric Zuerlein

Min | Day staff

Photography By Photography by Larry Gawel, Mike Sinclair, Mike Machian, FACT and Bemis Center
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