Chrysalis (III)

Date: 2012

Size: 190cm x 90cm x 90cm

Location: Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Materials: Cherry veneer (exterior) and poplar veneer (interior)

Collection: Permanent Collection of the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Exhibition: Multiversites Creatives, May 2 – August 6, 2012; Une Histoire, Art, Architecture et Design, des années 80 à aujourd’hui, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, July 2, 2014 to January 11, 2016; Design et Merveilleux: De la nature de l'ornement, Musée d'art moderne et contemporain de Saint-Étienne Métropole, France, December 1, 2018 to April 21, 2019


Chrysalis (III) investigates the self-organization of barnacle-like cells across an underlying substrate surface. The cells shift and slide across the surface as they attempt to find a more balanced packed state through the use of a relaxed spring network constrained to the surface. Each cell is composed of two parts: a cone-like outer surface made from cherry veneer and a non-planer inner plate made from poplar veneer that stresses the outer cone into shape. Each of the 1000 cell components are unfolded flat in the digital model, digitally fabricated, and hand assembled.

Credits: Andrew Kudless (Design), Jason Vereschak and Emily Kirwan (Fabrication Support), Maciej Fiszer (for the lending of assembly space in Paris), and the Pompidou Centre Industrial Prospectives Department (Valerie Guillaume, Hélène Ducate, Dominique Kalabane, and Marguerite Reverchon)

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