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LA Pergolas Paint Party

For two days we used laser cut rubber templates from the spangle workshops and paints with various zinc content to develop a sort of dazzle camouflage for the galvanized surface of the LA Pergolas structures.  The goal was to establish a method for integrating graffiti, manufacturing defects and weathering into a constantly evolving crystalline surface treatment.  The appearance is inspired by a magnified fractal impression of the natural crystal structure of electrically excited zinc used to protect steel in most infrastructural steel like sign posts on the side of the freeway.

Zachery Schoch, Tony Hudgins, Oliver Hess, Allison Behrstock, Olivier Hart, Micke Tong, General, Jenda Michl, Matt Baggott, Nick Vida, Elisa Salcedo, Krista Machovina.

Diamonds are forever


Join us for an evening of diamond cubic face centered structural systems.  We will engineer a space frame system that appears to function like the crystalline lattice of a diamond.  We will look at tetrahedral vs octahedral truss configurations and optimize them for maximum structural flexibility in grasshopper.  We will weight that against fabricability and durability.  And of course, good looks.  This will departure from the research done for the Parametric Peppervine.  Please join us to help us explore these subjects and perhaps find inspirations for your own work as well.

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That’s a Moire


Join us Tuesday night 6pm-9pm for an examination of Moire Patterns.  Oliver is interested in how they apply to perforated metal screens for a project he is researching and will lead a workshop on his research and process using grasshopper and the laser cutter to create different visual phenomena in an attempt to find a language for storytelling.  All are welcome as we iterate through results from various simple manipulations of interference patterns both simulated and real.  It’s a surprisingly rich field for exploration and we hope you can join us for this illusory evening.