Designed by Oyler Wu Collaborative, the featured installation of Dwell on Design 2012 has been unveiled at the Los Angeles Convention Center this Friday, June 22. The architectural installation entitled “Screenplay” is a twenty-one foot long wall that is constructed of forty-five thousand linear feet of rope. The rope strung through a series of lightweight steel frames and infill that varies over the length of the wall in three dimensions, to create a dynamic form and meticulously organized series of patterns easily recognized by the viewer. More details from the Oyler Wu Collaborative after the break.
Oyler Wu Collaborative Press Release:
Screenplay is conceived of as a ‘play’ on one’s visual perception. This twenty-one foot long screen wall is constructed of forty-five thousand linear feet of rope strung through a series of lightweight steel frames. The wall is designed with the intention of provoking a sense of curiosity by slowly revealing its form and complexity through physical and visual engagement with the work. The wall is made from a repetitious steel framework with rope infill that varies over the length of the wall in three dimensions, forming a thickened undulating screen made up of dense linework. In its orthographic, or ‘straight on’ view, the wall forms a meticulously organized series of patterns easily recognized by the viewer. As the viewer moves around the wall, its three-dimensional qualities reveal a more complex system of deep sectional cavities, twisting surfaces, and material densities. The experience is meant to build on the ‘on again/off again’ system of pattern legibility, using optical effects as a means of provoking engagement in the work.
Located just off center, a projecting seating element takes shape out of the complex web of rope that winds through the piece, offering a comfortable, albeit unexpected, place to relax. Here it becomes most apparent that the work, like an intensely wound musical instrument, is meant to be touched, felt, and strummed to create a fluttering field of tensile material.