Buckminster Fuller is credited
with popularizing the concept of Tensegrity Structures. These
are systems where the forces are resolved into pure compression
elements (sticks) and pure tension elements (strings). The sticks
don't touch each other, but are supported by the tension members.
The human body is a tensegrity structure, with the bones being
supported by connecting ligaments and muscles. The combination
of the engineering concept, images of solid geometry, and the
human element has been an inspiration for me.
My first adventure into this
concept was a basic tetrahedron, built in 2001 for the 20th anniversary
show at the College Of The Redwoods Fine Woodworking School, in
Fort Bragg, California.
This is called "First Tetrahdron".
In 2010 I created the first
in a new series of Tensegrity Art, which I call the Lumbar Series.
This is "Static Lumbar
In the Spring of 2011, I finished
the second of the Lumbar Seiries, "Static Lumbar 2".