One of the headliners of this week’s Dwell on Design, a west coast design affair running from 22 – 24 June, is Screenplay, a 21ft-long screen wall constructed of 45,000 linear feet of rope designed by the Los Angeles-based Oyler Wu Collaborative.
To say the installation is a ‘string’ quartet is putting it mildly but the crew at Oyler Wu became ‘thick as thieves’ and hence a singular ensemble as they put the installation together. “Everyone including all our volunteers did not leave until the last piece of rope was cut and tightened,” said Jenny Wu, a partner at Oyler Wu, in her final post before the fair. “The team has become quite close in the past two months working on the installation, and they really count on each other to complete the work they set out to do”.
Intended to be a ‘play’ on one’s visual perception, the wall is made from repetitious steel framework with rope infill that varies over the length of the wall in three dimensions, forming a thickened undulating screen made of a dense line-work. In its straight-on view, the wall forms a meticulously organized series of patterns easily recognized by the viewer. As the viewer moves around the wall, its three dimensional qualities reveal a more complex system of deep sectional cavities, twisting surfaces, and material densities.
Oyler Wu is headed by Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu. Graduates of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD) both currently teach at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). Watch The Making of Screenplay Trailer on Vimeo.