For the second year in a row I’ve been asked to build the trophies for the Better Housing Coalition‘s Groundbreaker Awards event (which honors four people for their contributions to the community). Last year the event took place at an existing building that was being transformed into mixed-use affordable housing so I was able to work entirely with materials found at the location. This year, however, the event was being held at a neighborhood where they had built 45 new affordable homes. So I decided to just work with the types of materials that went into the homes themselves: deck screws and subfloor plywood. The idea was to transform these mundane materials in the same way that the homes themselves were transforming the neighborhood and the people’s lives who were going to live in them. 169 screws went into each base at varying heights to create a house shape (which is part of their logo). The base was made by gluing together two pieces of standard flooring, that were then sanded smooth and finished with a water-based varnish.