RhomBunctious

BURNING MAN ART GRANT PROPOSAL 2016

INSTALLATION AT LAKES OF FIRE: ROTHBURY, MI 

IN COLLABORATION WITH LUCAS BARTOSIEWICZ AND COLIN O'KEEFE

RhomBunctious is a fun, interactive playa structure that brings the geometric beauty of the golden ratio to life. Straight from the notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci, this installation provides a visual, tactile, and interactive environment for burners to inhabit, climb, and lounge upon.

Following the theme for Burning Man 2016, our structure is comprised of 16 nested rhombicuboctahedrons, a shape straight from Da Vinci’s De divina proportione . This archimedean solid is made of 18 squares and 8 triangular faces which combine to create a complex and beautiful geometry. Each component is a modular unit, assisting in construction as well as aesthetic beauty. The module parameters are based upon a human-scale, the square’s width corresponding to the length of a human’s shoulder width and the height corresponding to a human’s wingspan. The RhomBunctuous’ human relatability will demonstrate the way the divine proportion dictates a human’s anatomy, creating a stunning example of anatomical aesthetic beauty dictating the scale of an architectural form.

    Each solid is designed with the space for one person’s extended arms in any direction. When nested together, they invite and enable collaboration, creating meaningful interactions for a variety of group sizes. The structure empowers the individual and enables the creation of a building block with which to create a community. RhomBunctuous reinforces individuality, creativity, and personal space while creating a unity - a sum greater than the individual parts. A visual tour de force, this structure is designed to be irresistible to climb upon, walk through, swing on, dance within, while the various levels of hammocks will provide a place to converse, observe, and relax amidst the surrounding dusty barren playa.

Rhombunctious prototype at Lakes of Fire regional burn in MI, USA

Video by: Lucas Bartosiewicz

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