Fractal Tensegrity 2007
Collaborator: Woytek Sepiol, designer
Château de Dravert, La Guiche, France
Steel and aluminium Sculpture
Courtesy: Barnoud Gallery, Dijon and Seconde Modernité Gallery
Technical production: Voxels Productions
Fractal Tensegrity is a sculpture created with the designer Woytech Sepiol, set in the Château de Dravert, in Saône-et-Loire. This artwork of 6m 20 high, is made of eleven tripods in aluminium of three different sizes, which takes inspiration of the monumental sculpture called Fractal Cloud, created for the harbour front of Marseille in 2001. This urban sculpture (20 x 28 x 28 m) appears like a chaotic outdoor structure, a kind of a giant spilikins. The intertwining of cables and aluminium tubes seems to multiply more and more, creating a scale play, breaking the classical perspective. These creations have been realized from the concept and searches about “tensegrity”, discovered by Buckminster Fuller. “Tensegrity” is the contraction of two words “tensional” and “integrity”, and refers to the structure as being based in a synergy between balanced tension and compression components of two elements: bars and cables.
Tensegrity is the exhibited strength that results "when push and pull have a win-win relationship with each other". Tension is continuous and compression discontinuous, such that continuous pull is balanced by equivalently discontinuous pushing forces. These links between push and pull, compression and tension, repulsion and attraction create a balanced system.