Created during an artist residency with Autodesk at Pier 9 in San Francisco.
This piece is one in an explorative series of metal sculptures that expands upon the metastructures of origami. With the help of computational tools and digital fabrication, the structural premise of origami lends itself to new avenues of complexity and expressiveness. Harnessing the custom software’s as tools for visual simulations enabled us to integrate the elements of generative design and increasingly diverse parametric form to that of an artistic vision.
Our intent was to find the right balance between digital fabrication and the human touch; between the the laser cut form and the final hand folding and finishing of the piece.
With this piece, we chose a bump map converted from a scan within the Himalayan mountain range as a starting point: the ultimate goal was to distort and manipulate the final forms to evoke and step into unfamiliar and unexplored terrains.
The sculpture is a single folded sheet of 0.25’’ steel on a frame, the standing dimension is 3’x2’x6’’.