Winners and finalists
At the heart of this body of work is a proposal to rethink how we make – for now, and for the future. No longer can we afford to make and build using finite resources in ever reductive processes. We need to completely eliminate the life and death cycles we perpetuate and mimic mother nature in her infinite dance of life and rebirth. This proposed method intends to do exactly that.
The object you are looking at is made of golf balls, as beads, held together by polyester cord.
These golf balls are arranged as if they were each atoms of carbon. Hexagonal groups of six balls each share one border to make flat surfaces, while pentagons and heptagons are placed strategically to distort and warp, giving rise to the formation of seats, legs, arms and rests. These curves are the same ones we see in isolation in carbon and all of her allotropes. Nanotubes, nano-cones, graphene and various fullerenes are hacked, combined and enlarged to a human scale – their bonds traded for tensioned cord.
Evidently, his novel technique speaks directly to mother nature. Through the amalgamation of atoms with semi-permanent bonds, mother nature uses the same general principle to make all the different compounds that surround us. She also uses this principle to unmake, and as atoms come together, they also come apart.