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Density Fields

Post by emanate » Sat Oct 13, 2007 5:00 am

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1619 Silver Lake Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

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Density Fields Opening Event
October 12th 2007 6pm-9pm
Materials & Applications

Sounds provided by the great Steve Nalepa

Bike-loan out program with Bike Oven

Come out during Art Crawl X as we celebrate the opening of the new installation at M&A. The Bike Oven is generously loaning out some of their refurbished bikes this year so that you can pedal, not crawl (in traffic) to the other galleries in the neighborhood. A piece of collateral will get you a bike to tool around on for two hours at a time during the Art Crawl Friday night.

An "extreme cantilever" built from aluminum and polypropylene rope hovers over the courtyard of Materials & Applications (M&A) in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. This structure is an outdoor installation created by Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu, called Density Fields. With the help of engineer Bruce Danziger from Arup and many volunteers, the piece will be another reason for rubber necking in the Silver Lake neighborhood.

Beer provided by New Belgium Brewery.

Special thanks to our sponsors: The Harpo Foundation, Fountainhead design and engineering, M&K Metals, and R. Scott Mitchell of detex.
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Density Fields Opening Event
October 12th 2007 6pm-9pm
Materials & Applications

An extreme cantilever built from aluminum and polypropylene rope will hover over the courtyard of Materials & Applications (M&A) in Silver Lake, Los Angeles. This structure is an outdoor installation created by Sci-Arc professors Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu, called Density Fields. Defying classification as either sculpture or architecture, the piece will flex with a gesture that extends imaginary lines of force beyond the small courtyard, seeming to pierce buildings and features in the neighborhood.

The primary structural question Oyler-Wu Collaborative asked is, "What makes the idea of using lines different in terms of their structural properties?" The idea addresses tensile properties, thereby limiting the structural possibilities, but also allows for a more specific way of designing that exploits tensile strength. This line of inquiry led them to a structural principle that utilizes a dense field of lines. The installation consists of two basic materials: (1) an aluminum frame extending up from the ground and out into the space, and (2) a series of fine, tensioned cables pulling the cantilever in the opposite direction -- forcing it to hover above the ground.

The development of this piece began with the imaginary violent attack of the bristling sculpture on the neighboring buildings, then with careful editing of the geometrical elements, the sculpture retracted back to its tensed position in the M&A courtyard. Oyler-Wu Collaborative's goal is to negotiate the structural ideas, the programmatic needs of the space, and the desire to use basic geometries to create a rich spatial experience within the space itself. With the help of engineer Bruce Danziger from Arup and many volunteers, the piece will be another traffic-stopper in the Silver Lake neighborhood.

Special thanks our sponsors: The Harpo Foundation, Fountainhead design and engineering, M&K Metals, and R. Scott Mitchell.
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