TENSILE

The Tensiles involved the use of thin gauge stainless steel rods that are connected in ways where the forces generated by the flexing and bowing of elements into compressed arches are countered by the use of tensile wire elements. The pieces are built up through a constant balancing of forces, in this process, once a stable structure is found then new elements are added and new equilibriums are found in the growing network of forces. The resulting conglomerate web-like filigree structures provides the basis for an approach to the generation of hanging sculptural forms in which the proportions, composition and aesthetic of the pieces evolved from a synthesis of material properties and structural dynamics.