Based on the simple, abstract logic of Sticks and Stones, this installation creates a rich set of objects by interweaving material flows and fabrication processes. The main components of the installation are a series of “stone piles.” Backed by a structural steel framework, they playfully hold up soft forms in a way that alludes to both primitive techniques of stacking, and the weightlessness of the digital design environment, as experienced in 3D-modeling programs. Like a weightless, candy-colored Joshua Tree, they offer an architectural affect of buoyancy and ease.
This installation will produce no material waste. The fabrication process utilizes a kind of cyclical workflow to incorporate all scraps and leftovers into the final product. The “stones” are initially made with a custom-built rotational molding machine, that produces thin-shelled resin forms. The rest of the stone forms are then milled out of the excess foam used in the prior molding stage. The waste products from the milling process produces a kind of foam “pebble,” which is collected and stuffed into seating that is distributed throughout the installation.