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floating peel

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Cantor Art Museum, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

14 ft


From the artist’s concept model, Floating Peel’s geometry was captured by a laser scanner, foam patterns fabricated in full-scale and female FRP molds made of the tops and bottoms of each Peel and the remaining portion of the fruit. Due to the extremely small ground contact point, the laminate is carbon fiber in vinyl ester resin. Fabrication utilized a unique interleafing of thin ribbons of ¼-inch-thick by 1-inch-wide 5-pound per cubic foot PVC foam core. As a result, the laminate is nearly solid carbon fiber at the bottom, with the carbon gradually being replaced by foam slivers. The top leaves are approximately 1.5mm (.060 inches) thick with solid foam between skins.

K&A Scope:

Fabrication design, engineer, and manufacture an edition of four fourteen-foot-tall sculptures with minimal ground contact.


Artist: Claes Oldenburg, Coosje van Bruggen

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