A change in perspective

Wednesday 06 Apr 2011

Students from Tulane University share their digital fabrication installation concept

Danaus is a polymorphic installation that is being created by Tulane architecture students. It is set to be digitally fabricated and completed by the end of April 2011.

Back in January the students started with the simple idea of anamorphic graphics, where they created the illusion of a complete shape from one perspective despite the fact that the form is actually fragmented. This idea has evolved into a complex transitional form. After entering the building the viewer is confronted with the complete perspective of a cube represented as a two dimensional hexagon.

After continuing, the person realises that the shape is actually projected on multiple surfaces. When on the stairs, the viewer can look up and see the installation morph. The voids transition from 4-sided polygons to 5, and then 6-sided polygons. The voids also grow in size, with the space between them diminishing as they push together.

This creates a more porous surface. The third transformation is in the depth of the structure. The project is paper thin at the bottom, and grows to approximately 10inches deep. At the top a place is created to store flyers and papers outside of the administrative offices, which adds a function to the artistic piece. Motion sensors detect when someone is reaching in for one of the flyers or books, and triggers LED bulbs to light up.

The installation will be made out of foam that is routed on a CNC machine. After being routed, the foam will be sealed and strengthened with epoxy. Finally, it will be primed and painted. The students' budget of $1,000 accounts for sensors, LED lights, epoxy, primer, paint and rigid foam insulation and funds are being raised on kickstarter.com. Visit the Tulane University students' Kickstarter page by clicking here.


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