Art-in-Science I, 1977

The project Art-in-Science was sponsored by the University City Science Center in Philadelphia. 12 artists were invited to take advantage of the facilities at the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science.

I proposed to explore (1) tension & compression dynamics in fabric membranes, (2) develop self-supporting (hardened) fabric shells, and (3) develop soft weather structures that would not resist rain but direct water away from the area covered. With the assistance of three students during an eight week stay we explored the topology of 78 fabric structures, hardened 32 with resins, and erected 4 weather structures. The shells were made of a two-way Stretch Nylon knit by Lilitex (no longer on the market) and stretched in two looms.

The weather shapes were made of Trimco's All-Way Stretch Fabric. Though the fabric is gauzelike, it provided adequate protection from rain because water ran off faster than it could drip.

see also NEA Project 1983 Shells_Tubes_Minimal Surfaces

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