Tuesday 25 November 2008

Expanding Helicoid

Chuck Hoberman was commissioned by Discovery World to design and engineer at Pier Wisconsin his Expanding Helicoid . The sculpture expands and contracts from a 3' x 12' cluster to a 9' x 36' helical structure.

The installation

"smoothly expands to fill the spiral staircase at the center of Discovery World’s permanent biotech exhibit in Milwaukee. Visitors have the sensation of being inside the sculpture: as it expands, it seems to grow like a living plant; as it contracts, it seems to disappear into the stairwell. Bound by two spiral staircases–like the DNA double helix it resembles–the helicoid itself is like a living organism, visually joining the staircases from landing to landing."

The designer's other works and ideas are available in this interview.
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