This striking, um…structure was in Lobby 7 a few weeks back, as part of a presentation of works by the architecture department.
According to the description, it was created from a pile of foam pieces that people at the exhibition could slot together and construct however they wanted, so it’s essentially an interactive sculpture. I don’t know whether a few base pieces were placed before the event started or if people just started building, but it’s interesting that the sculpture ended up being sound and sturdy, even with multiple builders — I could just as easily imagine it toppling over with no single plan to guide it. I guess that’s an engineering school for you, though!
The pieces remind me most of the K’Nex blocks my elementary-school science class had, although I don’t think you could build a roller coaster out of these…
I’m not sure what happened to the foam pieces when the sculpture disappeared from Lobby 7 a week or two later; I haven’t seen it anywhere else on campus, but I wish it had toured at least a few of the main locations. Walking into the lobby and seeing this structure with no explanation was very cool, especially because it’s an oddly organic form to be built out of such geometric parts — it doesn’t look quite like it grew there, but it has a very unusual, eye-catching flow. I would have liked to see how it fit in a building as strange as the Stata Center, or as sleek and minimalist as the Media Lab’s newer wing.
That said, there’s also a neat symmetry to having the structure appear suddenly and disappear suddenly, and it becomes that much more remarkable for how transient it is.
(Posting has been extremely light because of a whole stack of tests and projects; November’s a very busy month around here. My apologies!)