We went to visit an old friend of mine, Nancy Stetson, in Boulder, Colorado, two weekends ago.
About thirty-five years ago Nancy asked me if I would design an art studio, to be built on the foothills just above Boulder. This I did using one of the geometries that I had developed and that generated specific proportions that would focus sounds at various parts of the main studio – to enhance perception. So that, with just ambient sounds, you would be able to walk around the room and feel pressure points, almost likes orbs suspended in the air; where natural sounds would resonate. The building is still standing and has the unique property described. In the original design I had also specified blinds of different colors, so that the color properties of the room could be changed, but this was never done.
Whilst staying at Nancy’s house I was surprised to find that she still had one of my old machines built to explore geometries in the late sixties and early seventies. After just a bit of maintenance the machine still works! The machine generates the sort of design structure that I now use Adobe After Effects to generate – in a fraction of the time.
The “Geomorph – When Mathematics Meets Art Everything Changes,” at the Leonardo in SLC was very successful with lots of visitors. The exhibition was organized in four sections: 1. Geometry Through Time; 2. Dynamic Sphere Geometry; 3. Shape Changers; and 4. Images and Altair Designs.
The workshops also turned out to be a great success with visitors decorating panels for a large “shape-changer;” making small shape-changers; constructing Archimedean and Platonic solids; and finding images and designs in the interactive program of geometrical lattices generated by the Dynamic Sphere Geometry.
I met with architectural, math, and science students as well as many people interested in the geometry through time section. Am hoping that the exhibition will serve as a starting point to trigger interest in my geometrical research and systems.
Am now looking to expand the whole concept of the exhibition with LCD projections, bigger LCD screens, more space to exhibit, more working models, much larger, walk-in, shape-changing, and sphere generated architectural forms, – so that the properties of these unique structures can be explored – sound and light reflecting properties, architectural applications – but need sponsors. Also, I’d like to show more in the way of architectural forms and nano-structures – as well as show more of my work relating to geometrical systems of the past.
Some photos of the exhibition are as follows:
For those that visited Geomorph – Thanks for coming!