press release: theverymany (marc fornes + skylar tibbits + mat staudt), have recently designed and built an installation, echinoids, at bridge gallery nyc, part of the larger show wild child, by peter macapia. echinoids is the fourth in a series of built installations proposing aperiodic packing algorithms that provide a system of self-similar building modules and combine to approximate full scale surfaces.
“-oid” is derived from the latin suffix -oides taken from greek and meaning “having the likeness of”. thus it is a suffix much used in the sciences and mathematics to indicate a “similarity, not necessarily exact, to something else”. thus rhomboid means “like a rhombus”. because -oid denotes similarity, not necessarily exact, but can also denote exactness, in chemistry the suffix refers to a very large class of related compounds, natural and/or synthetic. examples include steroid (of which sterols are just one smaller group) and alkaloid. (ie wikipedia)
approximation – echinoids uses an aperiodic system of tiling as a method of describing point proximities. spheres composed by packed tiles develop around points and create closed volumes. the entire structure is composed of 6 spheroid volumes connected to one another as a volume of spatial separation.
material – echinoids is constructed from 225 sheets of walnut veneer, back-painted apple green. each piece of veneer is laser cut and hand stitched together to form self-similar units. a total of 1600’ of elastic bra strap was used to stitch the 530 total units. each unit is completed in roughly 30 minutes with nearly 40 units constructed each day. the units are then connected through interlocking tabs and ¼” black screws, with nearly 4500 total screws.
many thanks for the generous support from pratt institute, anyline lasercutting and those who made this installation possible: brandt graves, carrie mckelly, elliot white, troy zezula, biayna bogosian, christine rogiaman, jared laucks, scott savage, al attari, brian doyle, claire davenport, claudia corcilius, courtney song, gary mellon, heidi bullinga, kamyar rahimi, majda muhic, marcelo ertorteguy, matthew deluca, melissa funkey, otilia pupezeanu, sara valente, simon kristav, shadi arani, veronica emig