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Inhabitable Instalulation Structured in New York City by Light – Shadow
November 8th, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Light – Shadow
TWINS is an installation by Lawrence Lek and Onur Ozkaya. Two identical wings are captured at the moment of splitting apart. Floating out of the darkness, the suspended skins form an S-shaped route into an artificial cave, where two projectors cast shadows that draw the viewer towards the enclosure within.
Each wing is composed of identical elements lashed together at their edges in alternating rows to form an undulating surface. Each element is formed from a flat, arrow-shaped piece of birch plywood that has been bent into shape by pulling its corners together after a long bath in hot water. This system makes the wings behave like a fabric, and means that the final draped form of the Twins is determined by their behaviour under gravity.
No three-dimensional modeling software was used in the design of the installation, as the nature of the surface resulted in a remarkable continuity between working models and full-scale structure. The material system is currently being developed further to assess its acoustic and structural properties.
The project was featured in ‘Illumination’, the inaugural exhibition at Coldharbour Gallery in South London, which ran from 16th June until 3rd July 2011.
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