Flexible Railed Panels

Flexible Railed Panels, Gallery Installation, Gainesville, FL

This project was from a seminar class entitled: “Materials Exploration: Assemblies and Systems”. We were challenged to pick a material we were interested in and how to stretch it’s abilities and how to combine it with other materials for assemblies or as methods of working the material.

I choose PolyCarbonate a plastic noted for it’s impact resistance and clarity, often being a glass replacement. After examining the various forms I was most fascinated with the tubes. The tubes could bend to impressive degrees without bending. To explore this I wanted to design a facade that could be flexed to any angle using the tubes as the backbone structure. Instead of an opaque facade the decision was to use a fabric that would transmit light.