Installations composed of repurposed ubiquitous consumer objects achieve strength using weak materials.
Like the PET Wall, the PET Orb is another potential manifestation of the PET-based light curtain, in this case a segmented partial dome. Constructed over temporary formwork, the PET Orb showcases the inherent structural integrity of stacked PET bottles arrayed in a honeycomb pattern and held in place via EVA hot glue. Floor-mounted acrylic mirror panels convey the effect of a completed sphere, inside of which the inhabitant might appear to float. LED lights incorporated within the bottles cause the PET orb to glow from within, and customized controls allow the illumination to softly rise and fall in intensity, as if the orb were alive and breathing.
The advent of electricity and telecommunications led to the massive deployment of wiring throughout our constructed environment. From above-ground utility lines to the mess of cables behind our computers, wires have been an integral part of our surroundings for the past century. Despite their importance in conveying power and information, wires have been considered highly undesirable aesthetically, with every effort made to hide them within interior spaces and thus deny their existence.
As office environments become increasingly fluid, additional wiring infrastructure is typically installed to meet peak demands in the workplace. Because nearly 25 percent of corporate staff relocate each year, wiring planners specify additional cabling in order to cover these changes. Unfortunately, 20 percent of firms dispose of 50% of their wiring every three years.
The wire tunnel spatializes this historically important yet typically concealed connective material. Comprised by repurposed, post-consumer electrical wire, telephone, and A/V cable in quantities relating to their frequency of disposal, the wire tunnel creates a soft spatial fabric through its accumulated expanse. The wires are stretched taut and connected to steel eye-hooks and turnbuckles attached to floor, wall, and ceiling surfaces. Electricity-carrying capacity in the wires would also allow for the illumination of low-power LEDs located at the couplings of individual wires.
More than 3.5 billion wire hangers are trashed each year, the equivalent of 200 million pounds of wire. This amount of steel would be found in approximately 60,000 cars. Unfortunately, despite the fact that wire hangers may be recycled, most of them end up in landfills due to the lack of appropriate recycling programs.
The hanging garden is comprised by interconnected post-consumer wire hangers, twist-ties, and shade-tolerant vines. The hanging garden makes use of the structural capacities of clothes hangers when combined to form a dimensional wall surface. Unlike conventional vine-training wire systems, the hanging garden repurposes material originally intended for disposal. Moreover, because wire hangers have a fixed modularity and self-supporting properties, no other structure or framework is required, save for the suspension cables connecting the installation to the ceiling of the exhibition space.