Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Snaporaz landed in Oerlikon

Zurich based artist Marco Ganz is known for creating sculptures with smooth and glossy surfaces from composite materials. But with a height of almost ten meters this piece, called Snaporaz and designed for the central courtyard of a newly built housing development in Zurich Oerlikon, went beyond the scope of manual fabrication. Due to the special conditions it had to be assembled from massive, digitally fabricated timber elements, before the sculpture could be sanded and varnished.

designtoproduction translated the analog design into a digital 3D-model (Rhino, Grasshopper) to define the precise shape of the sculpture in close cooperation with the artist. In a second step, detailed fabrication data for the timber manufacturer was directly derived from this parametric CAD model.

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