A permanent 23-metre high 5-storey installation composed of hundreds of unique stainless steel strips, for the Visual Arts Department building at Florida State University. The mass and structure of the three-dimensional lattice structure is derived from multiple two-dimensional photographs that drive various qualitative values – projection distance, degree of curvature, and connection locations – quantified by pixel-level colour values extracted from a series of photographs taken around the site. The fabrication of the project included the development of a physics engine application to calculate the catenary (a curve formed by a wire, rope, or chain hanging freely from two points that are on the same horizontal level) curvature of the strips based on the mass of the material between connection points.
Urbana is an architecture, design and fabrication studio that engages current material and formal technologies to generate responsive environments that react to human inhabitation. Founded by Rob Ley in Los Angeles in 2002, Urbana Studio’s experimental work includes installations in galleries and exhibitions spaces throughout the US.
Image: Rob Ley, Urbana studio, Draper, (75′ H x 18′ W x 4′ D).Recycled Stainless Steel. Commissioned by Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 2011