31
Dec
09

Kenneth Snelson “Needle Tower”

I saw this in DC and thought some of you might find this interesting.  None of the steel rods in this art piece touch.  The rods are held in tension by the cables.

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3 Responses to “Kenneth Snelson “Needle Tower””


  1. 1 Liza
    2009/12/31 at 1:31 pm

    What do you think about the piece? Looking straight up appears to be a Star of David. is this purposeful? Where in DC was this?

  2. 2 Pablo Garcia
    2009/12/31 at 3:50 pm

    It’s outside the Hirshhorn Museum, on the National Mall in DC. It’s an example of Tensegrity, a structure that reduces each element to pure tension or compression, allowing the tension elements to be reduced to cables. It makes the compression members seem to float because one would expect the tension members to be inadequate in “holding up” the structure.
    Tensegrity: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tensegrity

    Also see the Cecil Balmond installation at the Carnegie Museum of Art. It’s not the same look, but it works on similar force resolution in the tension members (chains instead of cables for Mr. Balmond)

  3. 3 Pablo Garcia
    2009/12/31 at 3:56 pm

    An image of Cecil Balmond’s “H_edge”

    http://www.cmoa.org/exhibitions/exhibit.asp#forum64


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