Ball Nogues, a studio of forward-thinking designers and builders, created an unusual shadow structure in the summer of 2005 to illustrate their approach to aesthetics entitled, Maximilian’s Schell. The temporary outdoor structure is a mosaic of carefully fabricated “petals.”

The unique aesthetic grew from manipulating Mylar and reinforcing the materials with Nylon and Kevlar fibers.  The computer-cut membranes were comprised in a matrix of over 500 individual petals and fabricated in only two weeks.  The result is an impressive pattern of fractal shadows cast across an open courtyard.  The installation is an impressive showcase to the design capabilities of modern technology even through the minimal use of materials.  For more images of the project, view the online gallery.

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