Client: Unit 9 Artist: Unit 9 Location: Goodwood, UK
Date: 2021-07-10 00:00:00 +0000 UTC Tags: Public art, tensegrity, sculpture, steel, stainless steel
In spring 2021 we were engaged by artists Unit 9 to collaborate on the design of an ambitious central feature for the Goodwood Festival of Speed that summer. The work was also intended to be backdrop for the launch of the new Lotus Emira sports car. Despite the extremely short design and build programme we were able to design what we believe to be the worlds largest tensegrity cantilever from scratch, to design each and every connection, detail all the fabrication drawings and assist with the sequence of erection.
A work of this complexity was only possibly by the use of K2E, our self written structural analysis plug-in for Grasshopper, scripted links between geometry and finite element software to check every connection in detail and with the augmented reality platform Fologram to check the alignment of members on site.
Lotus own words best sum up the achievement ‘The impression is of a structure made more from air than actual material. Colin Chapman would have approved’
All photographs by Crate47 http://crate47.com/