Leontophone

Sebastien Leon Agneessens
 
2010
 
aluminum tiles, plywood armature, metal rods
 
SITU Fabrication worked with artist Sebastien Leon Agneesens on producing a sculpture piece for B Brian Atwood’s New York showroom.  The sculpture consists of 174 hexagonal, polished aluminum tiles which form a 30' long serpent-like figure. To fix each individual tile in a precise location and angle, SITU Fabrication designed a plywood armature that supported threaded rods with swivel fittings.  The positions and lengths of the threaded rod as well as the angle of the swivels were all coordinated so that the complex, tessellated form could rise from a simplified plywood armature. 
 
Grasshopper was utilized to generate a 3-D model and manage all of the CNC fabrication data. The plywood armature and 174 aluminum tiles were numbered and nested onto cutsheets and a schedule of corresponding rod lengths was produced. The entire project took three weeks from start to finish.