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Niehoff Project Short Description

This project is a cloud installation with our goal being to preserve the amount of light in the space while improving the acoustic qualities. A playful interaction between light and form drove us to want to design something that would react to the artificial light that would have an outcome that would aid in the acoustics in the studio while experimenting with a playful interaction between light and form. Taking direction from the light the farther away the form is from the lights the deeper the shape extends, much like a parabola. Due to its placement in between the strips of light, the cloud is symmetrical on its longitudinal axis. The material for the main structure is homasote, a structural fiberboard product. Homasote is known for its benefits concerning sound control. The material for the middle layer is chipboard. The chipboard can be scored to conform to the waffle structure and provides a large amount of surface area for the skin to be pinned to. The bottom layer is the fabric layer, projected as felt. Felt is wool that has been matted and condensed by pressing the fibers. While some types of felt are very soft, some are tough enough to form construction materials. We chose felt because it is a thick, natural fiber that is pliable yet easily controlled. The felt is offset from the chipboard slightly, so as to create another dimension to the pattern created.

Nick Hansman, Laura Soria, Luke Diewald, Rebecca Waters

02/14/13 Pinup Nick Hansman, Laura Soria, Luke Diewald, Becca Waters

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Screenplay is a sculpture that plays with your mind as you walk by the impossible creation. It is an optical illusion that questions the boundaries of human perception. It reveals its complex nature as the observer moves around it as the play of the oscillation of the twisting surfaces are revealed.

It is made from systematically wrapping a series of lightweight steel frames with 13,700 meters of rope. It is not only a sculpture but includes a bench on which onlookers and sit and ponder the complex details of how it is assembled.

I think it is interesting how the process of wrapping the rope gives such a solid feel to the structure. When you look at it from a distance, it seems like a material warped to the will of the designer. With a creative use of rope, there is a great deal of dimension added to the structure. I don’t think it could be accomplished without the use of such a maneuverable material. It creates such an interesting depth. The dimension of the sculpture is incredible. The longer you look at it, the more you see.