This was a piece I did while in school at the Academy of art. I wanted to create a piece that used straight lines on an algorithm that would look organic. I used inspiration from the spines of deep sea creatures for the overall form.
Step 1: Concept Drawings
I started with concept sketches (as i always do) keeping it more or less math based while playing with natural curves.
Step 2: Small Scale
Sometime it really pays off to build a small scale version. In this case i wanted to see if the structure itself would be able to stand up straight and not simply fall over on its points. (it barely held and i had to do some serious adjusting!)
I lazer cut a jig to match the flow of the top sections and then build a large box so that each triangle would be the same height while adjusting its angles.
Step 4: Presentation
It came out pretty nice. I'll be honest it was a little wobbly but I learned a lot by working on it.
Step 5: The Final Piece
After it was displayed at the spring show at the Academy of Art, we couldn't figure out what to do with it. While a fun piece to work on it wasn't the kind of thing that could easily find a home.
My artist friends and I ended up having a small party in the middle of a vacant, opened up a bottle of wine and said good by to it.
I don't regret leaving it. It was a great piece and Im still proud of it but, I think more valuable than the piece itself was exploring the possibilities of that from.