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Density Fields – Materials & Applications

  • On April 17, 2009


Materials & Applications is a research center that I’ve written about a couple of times because of the wonderful large scale installations that are built there every year. It is a residential space “dedicated to pushing new and underused ideas for art, landscape and architecture into view.”


Above and below is a recent installation Density Fields an “extreme cantilever” built from aluminum and polypropylene rope hung over the courtyard between October 2007 – March 2008. Defying classification as either sculpture or architecture, the piece flexed with a gesture that extends imaginary lines of force beyond the small courtyard, seeming to pierce buildings and the neighborhood.


I just found a little video by Cool Hunting that takes a closer look at the works that have been shown there, from the golden vortex of Maximillian’s Schell to “Bubbles,”by Foxlin (Michael Fox and Juintow Lin), NONDesigns (Miao Miao and Scott Franklin) and Brand Name Label (Gabriel Renz) with Axel Kilian, Darius Miller, and numerous talented volunteers.

Sitting down with Materials & Applications founder Jenna Didier and technical director Oliver Hess, the short video shows the story behind their innovative space for experimental architecture.


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