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Now a permanent piece in the Centre Pompidou collection in Paris, Crysalis (III) is a sculptural piece that explores cellular morphologies using parametric tools and composite materials. Designed and built by MATSYS, the sculpture takes direct inspiration from the organization of barnacle-like cells protruding from an established surface.

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The goal was to investigate and present a piece that well represented how the cellular formation shifts and scales in size to become highly compact yet still balanced. Their process of using Grasshopper, Kangaroo, Python, Lunchbox, and Rhinoscript is one that has been explored in recent computational architectural design as a way of organizing and inputting precise information without risking bias from the designer.

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The 1000 cell components are composed of cherry veneer while the interior is made up of poplar veneer that stresses the outer cone into shape.

 By Lyly Huyen

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