Beneath Our Feet, 2016

MEDIUM Found sticks and elastic
DIMENSIONS Variable

 

Tensegrity is a structural principle based on the use of isolated components inside a net of continuous tension. This principle is evident in the natural world and present in many biological and organic lifeforms. The structure is able to naturally disperse the stress placed upon it across each individual element. Like an ecosystem, the structure as a whole relies on its constituent parts.

In Beneath Our Feet, this synergistic method of construction is utilised to parallel the interconnectedness of a rainforest. Elastic strands connect the found sticks in a unified symmetrical shape, while the found sticks are repurposed and given new life, mimicking both the physical structure and function of microorganisms beneath the forest floor. Over time the sculpture itself, composed of organic materials, will decompose and assimilate into the natural landscape.