Modular Sculpture


In the world around us, no matter where we look, we can find repeating forms. The windows of my dorm’s common room have wires crisscrossing in a diamond pattern to add durability. Well-made tile floors have perfectly matching sides to keep them relatively smooth and pleasant-looking.

Along those lines, the origami sculpture Taylor Stevenson and I created uses paper modules in order to achieve a shape that would be more difficult to create and less aesthetically pleasing had we used solid parts.

The piece is almost entirely constructed of triangular shapes which interlock to form a repeating pattern along the sides and adds an up-and-down movement of the eyes, as they alternate pointing up and down. It also adds a sense of stability to the piece, as when it is sitting flat on a table all of the triangles’ bases are flat.

On the other hand, the outward-pointing shapes’ drastically different color directs attention, and their shape points down and outward from the piece’s center. The implied line will, when set on a table, meet the surface, creating another triangle with its base flat- another stable form. However, if worn on the head, the body becomes a line on the triangle, moving the base from being flat to not so; this creates a different air of movement.

Ironically (or not so ironically), the triangle is also an indicator of change. It’s fitting that our sculpture, which changes depending on its placement, contains a large amount of them.


About barberne

an animation student at alfred state from rochester
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