design office takebayashi scroggin: zip tie massimal design office takebayashi scroggin: zip tie massimal
jul 19, 2011

design office takebayashi scroggin: zip tie massimal

‘zip tie massimal’ by design office takebayashi scroggin (d.o.t.s.) image © GLINTstudios

united states based design office takebayashi scroggin (d.o.t.s.) has created ‘zip tie massimal’ a life size installation made from standard zip ties. designated as a hollow and mesh-like form, the object is produced at a 1:1 scale to serve as an experimental prototype to engage the public realm. systematically generated from a singular material, the form is an animal abstraction intended to mimic a docile petting zoo when joined by other creatures.

the supporting framework and skin is constructed with 20,000 zip ties producing an ephemeral glowing volume when illuminated. discretely stabilized with a cable suspension system anchored to the ceiling, the creation attracts visitors and serves as a centerpiece in the atmosphere.

before the event image © GLINTstudios

visitor interacting with the massimal image © GLINTstudios

view from anchor image © GLINTstudios

testing the support image © GLINTstudios

inside the belly image © GLINTstudios

massimal body image © GLINTstudios

head detail image © GLINTstudios

construction process

stitching on a leg image © GLINTstudios

tying zip ties from template image © GLINTstudios

connected zip ties image © GLINTstudios

zip tie skin detail image © GLINTstudios

elevation studies images courtesy of d.o.t.s.

support diagram image courtesy of d.o.t.s.

unrolled templates image courtesy of d.o.t.s.

component organization image courtesy of d.o.t.s.

  • where’s the pic of this bear emitting an ephemeral glow while illuiminated?

    stevie says:
  • I want to hear the bear crying! It is a sublime sculpture … and a dramatic arrest!
    Polar bears are decimated by the proliferation of plastic waste in the ocean.

    sylvbouy says:
  • piekne i zaangazowane i udane na 200%

    gosia golinska says:
  • Frankly if the last pictures didn´t had those renders showing the overall shape I wouldn´t understand it´s a polar bear…

    And the pic of the ilumination is missing, I don´t see the beauty while iluminated as statet in the text.

    JustBecause says:
  • The light source is clearly causing the zipties to “glow” in the fifth picture. This project took a lot of creativity, craftsmanship and patience and it is BEAUTIFUL!

    Ashley R. says:
  • Apologies in advance for the quality of the photo, but here is one I took with my phone with the body illuminated.

    [url=https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/217722_10100153571992420_12927918_47427387_6568073_n.jpg] Massimal Illuminated [/url]

    Jay S. says:
  • LOVE LOVE LOVE

    AEP/j/kan says:
  • This is delightful and intelligent – a rare combination!

    Tamar says:
  • Intelligent and whimsical. Wouldn’t an entire herd of these be super cool!

    designer says:
  • Rip off?

    http://jennysabin.com/?p=392

    archiperson says:

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