Projects From The Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago

Ari’s Book Wheel

Ari Feldman’s book wheel creation was based on Agostino Ramelli’s designs, published in 1588. This construction uses a system of gears to rotate several books in front of a stationary reader. Quite a way to get your reading done!

By The Bog of Cats

By The Bog of Cats, a University Theater production, featured this tree scenic element. Constructed in the Logan Shop, it consists of an OSB (wood) armature covered with chicken wire, burlap, muslin, and rosin paper. The structure was embedded with lights that were controlled through the console as part of the overall lighting design. Lighting…

Continue Reading


Fabricated in the Logan Shop, SUNBOX was a project completed by Logan Shop staffer Zoe Kauder Nalebuff on the UChicago Main Quad in front of Swift Hall from February 23-March 1, 2015. The 8×8” room had internally lit walls and no roof, so the light shined upwards at night like a beacon. The project was in the…

Continue Reading

Clayton’s Mandolin

Clayton Norris shows off his luthier-abilities with this gorgeous curly maple mandolin. Instrument building requires patience, problem solving and quite a bit of hard work / clamps. This is definitely not your average cigar box guitar:

Unsuspending Disbelief Lobby Installation

The Logan Shop student staff worked tirelessly to fabricate and install Thansai Sethaseree’s ambitious installation in the Gidwitz Lobby for Unsuspending Disbelief, an exhibition of international artists curated by Laura Letinsky. From fabricating rigging slings for a 40′ x 17′ painting to soldering custom LED lights, this project allowed the multifaceted skills of the Logan staff…

Continue Reading

Shopcraft: Methods and Materials

This is some work made in the Logan Center shop as part of the DoVA course Shopcraft: Methods and Materials. Students learned about the basics of wood, hand tools, shop equipment, and basic joinery techniques. Then they were asked to design and build two different projects using these skills.