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The most photographed barn in America with Sam Jacob

Thu 24 Feb 2022, 6pm - 7.30pm
Part of Shaping Space

Join us in person for an evening with Sam Jacob to learn about the research, design and making of the model of the most photographed barn in the world – the T.A. Moulton Barn in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Jacob gathered hundreds of photographs found on the internet. These photographs were processed by photogrammetry software that creates 3D form by extrapolating data from 2D photos.

The resulting models made for the Shaping Space exhibition in photopolymer resin 3D prints by Amalgam Modelmaking, show not only what the software ‘knows’ from the information that it was fed, but also reveal the gaps and glitches that are part of the process.

The project continues Jacob’s interest in the idea of architecture as a form of representation – in this case drawing on the self-declared significance of an otherwise unremarkable barn as the subject of photos. In this way these are models of the patchy, touristic, photographic records of the barn, and not the architectural form of the barn itself.

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About Sam Jacob

Sam Jacob is principal of Sam Jacob Studio for architecture and design, a practice whose work spans scales and disciplines from urban design through architecture, design, art and curatorial projects. Recent work includes projects for the Science Museum, the V&A and Somerset House. Sam is a professor of architecture at the University of Illinois Chicago.


This event is part of the Shaping Space: Architectural Models Revealed programme, funded by the AHRC, led by the V&A and the Building Centre.

We would like to thank our supporters; Amalgam Modelmaking4D ModelshopB.15 WorkshopDrawing MatterGHA GroupThe University of ManchesterMAP Laboratory (CNRS), and Model Platform


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