Introduction: Transparency: Warped Perceptions

The project commenced exploring a hand built assembly tactic.  This precluded circular geometry.  A spiral shape was created from one piece of flat material to explore the properties of a circle, but using a fabricatable geometry. Scaling as a method of transformation was used. Upon expansion in to the digital world, a pipe geometry was selected. Connection and transformation strategies were explored manually using 3D modelling software.  As the project progressed further, parametric exploration was engaged.  The final assembly incorporated the techniques of a box array on a pipe surface; additionally, x and y affecting attractor points were employed as transformation strategies.

The individual pipe components were formed such that radius of the interior subtracted area is a fraction of the exterior radius; the component height is a multiplication of exterior radius.  The assembly was created by contouring individual components and then stacking laser cut contoured pieces to create a graduated component assembly. Five individual components were joined to create a circular shape.  Ten tiers of component circles are joined vertically to create the assembly.

During initial parametric iterations, the component became unbuildable.  The final component and connection strategy allows for optimal transparency. Light and sound easily transmit through the chosen material and assembly technique.  The transparency of both assembly and material selection create warped perceptions and lens through which to view both the interior and exterior space surrounding the assembly.