Neri Oxman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. Subterrain, from the Materialecology project. 2007

Neri Oxman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA Subterrain, from the Materialecology project 2007

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"The main idea promoted by this project," Oxman says, “is our ability not only to analyze natural (and biological) tissues but to reconstruct them in larger scales.” Three microscale biological tissues (a leaf section, a butterfly wing, and a scorpion paw) were reconstructed using a digital protocol. The tissues were closely analyzed and then reconstructed in three-dimensional macroscale prototypes out of wood, through the use of a very fine mill controlled by a computer.

Gallery label from Design and the Elastic Mind, February 24–May 12, 2008.
Medium
Coded FEA, Rhinoceros, and Generative Components software; CNC milled laminated oak and cherry wood
Dimensions
.a (leaf section): 20 x 20 x 2 1/4" (50.8 x 50.8 x 5.7 cm) .b (scorpion paw): 20 x 20 x 2 1/4" (50.8 x 50.8 x 5.7 cm) .c (butterfly wing): 20 x 20 x 2 1/4" (50.8 x 50.8 x 5.7 cm)
Model maker
RPM's Machining
Credit
Gift of The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art
Object number
448.2008.1.a-c
Copyright
© 2019 Neri Oxman
Department
Architecture and Design

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