ASSIGNMENT #9 – Foam board (Planar) 3D Structure

–Part 1–

Serial planes can be found all around us—most obviously in architecture. If you were to view each building story as a plan, you can see the gradual shape progression that the entire building takes as it expands inward or outward.

Frank Gehry’s 8 Spruce Street is a perfect and exaggerated example of this concept in architecture. As you can see, the veins along the facade rise and fall as each rising story grows or shrinks its plane.

The new building designed by Bjork Ingles is composed of shifted serial planes as well to produce a spiraling shape as each floor gradually twists about an angle. The resulting shape is that of a spiraling rectangle.

Lastly, one of my favorite sculpturs Arnaldo Pomodoro uses retractive planes to produce incredibly vast interior spaces within 3D shapes. Seemingly simple spheres are instead turned into multi-diminsionsal, almost alien-like- forms. 


–Part 2–

Bellow, I began experimenting with linear planes with sheets of paper. By only using folds and cuts, each shape is derrived from only one plane.


–Step 3–

As our final stage of this assignment, we constructed a foam board sculpture using linear planes. Mine consists of 12 layers that gradually build upon each other. I used toothpicks to mechanically connect each sheet of foam board.

Bird’s Eyes View

Side View

Front View



After completing the assignment, I have a deeper understanding of how planes can interact and connect with each other. Since I am so fascinated with space and architecture, I would like to explore this form of sculpture making in the near future with more precise tools like the laser lab.

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