I recently completed working on an installation at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Here’s a link to the web site for it: Photoformance: An Empathic Environment, and here's a review: UMMA's 'Photoformance' installation finds several top talents exploring notions of 'skin'.
Shown below are the base surfaces designed by Monica Ponce de Leon and Maciej Kaczynski. My role was to help write the computer code to triangulate the surface, generate "tabs" so the triangles could be fastened together, and lay them out flat so they could be fabricated.
Here is the result of our computer code – a triangulated surface. This is a crude computer rendering – the actual material is lighter in color.
Next, all the triangle were "unrolled" flat so they could be cut on the CNC router. The final step of the code, written by Maciej, was adding the details to each tab so they can be folded, and attached to one another. There are 2072 parts – every one unique – and all carefully numbered!
This is the material they are produced from – 0.02” thick plastic. The blue is a peel off cover over each sheet.
Here parts are folded up and assembled into groups of six triangles:
These get transported to the site…
… and assembled…