This exciting project called String Prototype, still in development by Numen/For Use in Vienna, Austria, is a self-supporting inhabitable social. As described by Numen/For use “ The installation is based on production system of large geometric inflated objects.

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Since the physical behavior of fluids tend to make all inflates spherical, thin parallel ropes are tied on opposite sides of the volume, keeping them parallel to one another.”

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This allows for the string to become tense and climbable by multiple people when the structure inflates, and loose and compressible when deflated.

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Another aspect that is unique and slightly discomforting about this sculpture when you inhabit it is the said loss of perception of scale and direction results in the inhabitants feeling the enormity and deficiency of space.

By Ariela Lenetsky

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