Archive for the ‘Fabrication’ Category

Notched Dichroic

The third iteration in a series of sculptures for the artist Alyson Shotz, a warped tubular form is created by interlocking pieces of laser-cut dichroic acrylic. In the development of this series, Shotz consulted with Situ Studio to create a custom Grasshopper script and fabrication method that could be applied to a variety of geometries. Beginning with a NURBS surface, the GH definition controls a series of different cutting planes that are used to generate notched and numbered parts for laser-cutting. Adding to their complexity, the artist’s choice of material creates multiple, unpredictable senses of form. Read more about Shotz’s work in dichroic acrylic here.

Folding Honeycomb

Folded Honeycomb
Flat Honeycomb

We have recently been working with the artist Sarah Oppenheimer in the development of a scoring and perforating system for folding aluminum honeycomb sheets. The research and development phase included testing a variety of honeycomb type materials and CNC milling techniques. The results have lead to a system where the direction and angle of each fold is precisely prescribed by the width of the score/perforation. The milled aluminum sheets ship flat and are folded in situ to become the finished sculpture.

Flapping Birds and Space Telescopes

Folding and pattern-making investigations have led us to this fascinating TED talk by Robert Lang, a mathematician and origami innovator who presented his work and discoveries in paper folding. The ancient art form was revolutionized in the 20th century when Yoshizawa developed a language of dots and dashes that exposed underlying mathematical laws of the folds. Using this common language and applying the four laws, a crease pattern can serve as a blueprint for a folded-paper American flag or a rattlesnake with 1000 scales, all from one un-cut square. He has developed a programming script that transforms a stick-figure drawing into a pattern for any folded figure. Providing the computer with these laws, the mathematical application to art can produce a heart stint or a space telescope, reaching far beyond the first folded crane in the 18th century.

Folding Plywood – 3

The American-Scandinavian Foundation presents the work of more than 35 designers and artists in Nordic Models + Common Ground, an exhibition that explores innovation in art and design facilitated by open artistic and cultural exchange. Designed by Snøhetta and Situ Studio and debuting in New York on October 29, the exhibition will unfold and travel.

Folding Plywood – 2

After a three month long design phase with Snøhetta we have begun production of the 12 folding display units. The traveling exhibition titled “Nordic Model + Common Ground” is hosted by The American Scandinavian Foundation and will debut at the Scandinavia House on the 28th of October.

Murata Color Wave

As an entry piece for the The Creators Project Launch Event in NYC VICE hired us to develop and fabricate a multilayered mural based on still from an animation by Takeshi Murata.

The Creators Project is a new, multi-disciplinary initiative headed by VICE and Intel to showcase work through contemporary media platforms. It also doubles as a worldwide creative studio for artists to work and collaborate while being free to use the medium of their choice.

The vibrant painting was done by JJ Snyder Studio.

The Wave is currently en route for the next Creator’s Project event in London.

Storm King At 50 – history in 3D

On Saturday June 5th, Storm King Art Center celebrated their 50th.  For the exhibition Storm King At 50 we worked in collaboration with 2×4 to create a high resolution terrain model and projection system which presents the 50 year history of the site.

Storm King At 50

We’ve been working with 2×4 over the past couple months on a large terrain model and projection system for the Storm King Art Center.  The piece will be part of the Storm King At 50 exhibition.  While on a recent site visit we enjoyed an informal tour of the grounds, taking a moment to admire the masonry of Andy Goldsworthy‘sStorm King Wall”.  The exhibition will open on June 5th, 2010.

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