We were approached by Kelsey Herrington to produce a piece for the Business of Aura group exhibition at the Elga Wimmer Gallery. The theme of the show was how a studios process and ongoing work and experimentation produce aura. We decided to respond to the theme by prototyping an ongoing strand of research in the studio to produce a “structural” surface. We produced one “column” of a shape that can be both vertical supports and an enclosure or canopy.
We experimented with cladding the surface with a second skin and how rigid a surface of 1/4″ plywood would be and what span it could accept in regards to the canopy. The piece is an experiment in pushing a shape far enough away from regularity while still keeping it structural. The goal is to produce a construction system that utilizes a series of flat parts to quickly assemble an irregular enclosure. The overall workflow we used to produce the tool pathing for fabrication is from ongoing research we have been doing for the past couple of years. This workflow allows for the complete automation of the necessary curves for fabrication and necessary labels for assembly.