Opx2 (Optic Installation) by jonathon anderson
2013 - 2014, Platinum A' Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Award Winner
Opx2 explores a symbiotic relationship between nature and technology. A relationship where patterns, repetition, and rhythm describe both natural formations and operations of computing processes. The installations reclusive geometry, momentary opacity and/or density are similar to the phenomenon of driving by a cornfield or explained in technology while looking at binary code.
OPX2 is made of 8000 aluminum rods 15cm in length and 1.5mm in diameter. 3D printing technology was used to fabricate each of the 2000 connections making it possible to aggregate the structure by holding each rod at an exact angle. The modularity of parts allows for Opx2 to expand and contract to any size. The photos represent a structure that is 2m x 2m x 2m and assembled with a violet gradient of connection parts.
Design Challenges
The biggest challenge was assembling the structure even though each of the rods and connections were the same size and very accurate in geometry. A margin of error makes various portions of the installation seem loose fitting while causing others to be in extreme tension. The challenge was overcome by using paperclips with rubber bands, which held the connections together. Once the structure was fully assembled we were able to remove the rubber bands and have the installation remain structurally sound.
Production Technology
3d printing gypsum powder, aluminum welding rods
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