The model I sold most so far is a simple 6-strut icosahedron with elastic string. It can collapse entirely and bounces back fiercely afterwards. The cord is much more durable than rubber bands, my favorite product tester is my neighbour's son, who hasn't manage to destroy his toy for more than half a year now.
The bamboo sticks I used have a diameter of 5mm, with a 1mm wide groove at either end. The elastic cord has a diameter of 0.8mm, the knot prevents the string from sliding out of the groove, especially once the model is fully assembled. The tension level can be increased by looping the cord more than once, but unless you will do with all connections the symmetry can be compromised.
Thursday, 13 January 2011
Tuesday, 11 January 2011
Wednesday, 5 January 2011
I just confirmed my bookings for the Rose Street Artist's Market for January and February. Keeping up my old habits, I will appear fortnightly on Sundays in Fitzroy, offering you the unique opportunity to buy an original piece of tensegrity art.
- January: 16 and 30
- February: 13 and 27
Red white delight
Tensegrity Octahedron (12 struts)
Tensegrity Octahedron mounted on 4-strut tensul (12 + 4 struts)
Tensegrity Icosahedron (6 struts)
Tensegrity Tetrahedron (6 struts)
Tensegrity Vector Equilibrium (24 struts)
Five stacked 3-strut tensuls (15 struts), ca 130 cm high