Artist Michael Somoroff asked us to help produce a large sculpture for the Saint Peter Art Center in Cologne, Germany. He needed help producing an adjustable computer model that would simulate thousands of pieces of wood along a surface with a controllable degree of randomness per unit. In the beginning we produced a set of custom MEL scripts to help visualize variations of random wooden sticks placed normal to a surface. These scripts allowed for adjustable degrees of randomness through rotation and scaling of each individual piece of wood. We also developed a framing structure for the final sculpture. The piece was installed in May and was on view from May 27th through June 15th 2008.
Photographs courtesy of Constantin Meyer.
The video below shows how the custom tools were used. You can check out the source code for custom MEL we wrote here.