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Bunker

Bunker

Decay takes many forms. I observed the Devil's Slide Bunker perched precariously on constantly eroding sandstone. I was fascinated by the way the concrete and sandstone were eroding at different speeds, creating beautiful forms.

 
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Iterative Form

This work stemmed from a desire to create a cantilevered form that resembled that of the original bunker. I wanted to use two materials and achieve two separate formal textures - that of the rectilinear and that of the organic.

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Process

Early into the material exploration I created a process of suspending concrete with molten wax inside a form.  By simultaneously pouring both mixtures, the concrete would billow into wonderful cloud-like forms and allowed for a rectilinear top and bottom.  I then melted out and recycled the wax.

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Eventual Collapse

Like the bunker itself, my forms are destined to fall.  As the material supporting the load erodes, the heavy top begins to slouch.  I tried to combat this with steel reinforcement - using those same building techniques as the bunker.

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After achieving repeatable though one-of-a-kind results, I moved into the digital realm.  Using Grasshopper I enacted similar forces of decay upon a rectilinear block.  I meshed the final form and eroded the fidelity, arriving with a similar form - though this time facets replaced clouds.