Tuesday, November 14, 2006
I've been creating maximal strength sculptures using string dipped in glue. I tie the strings into a network and hang them from the underside of a table. It stretches into a perfect parabola that redistributes the weight equally onto all supports. This is a good tool to design buildings that use a minimum amount of materials while maximizing space. The glued strings are not very strong (you can easily bend them between thumb and forefinger) but because they are in perfect compression (everything in this model is in compression - my explorations of building with tensegrity haven't gone as well) along their length, they do not bend.
Note: because this structure was still wet when turned it over, this picture shows it slightly bent.