The Light Column I (2013)
** Published in Retrospecta 36 (Yale School of Architecture, 2013)
This installation creates an ephemeral continuous shaft (40 feet in height) which contrasts with the materiality of the concrete stairwell and the uneven cadence of its steps. Its light and airy structure is constructed out of layers of trace paper which demonstrate the effects of gravity as they stretch towards the ground. The installation reacts to these gravitational forces by displaying more structure at the top, where the tensile forces are the greatest. It was produced through a rapid digital fabrication technique in which stacks of trace paper were glued together and cut on the laser cutter. These parts were glued together and then unfurled to fill the open core of the stairwell.
Designed by Jonathan Sun, Stanley Cho, Ben Smith, and Perry Wexelberg.
Fabricated by Mark Peterson, Sarah Smith, Amy Su, and Jack Wolfe.
(Installation. Yale School of Architecture, M.Arch. For Visualization III: Fabrication and Assembly, 2012. Critics: John Eberhart and Bell Pell.)