Vaulted Willow by MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY

Commissioned by The Edmonton Arts Council to design a permanent sculpture in Borden Park in Edmonton, Canada, MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY has created Vaulted Willow, a colorful digitally fabricated public art installation made up of over 721 aluminum pieces.

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From the artist

Vaulted Willow is an architectural folly exploring lightweight, ultra-thin, self-supported shells through the development of custom computational protocols of structural form-finding and descriptive geometry. The project’s aim is to resolve and delineate structure, skin and ornamentation into a single unified system.

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Skin – Vaulted Willow’s striated skin is an intricate assembly of structural shingles. These are similar, yet unique, digitally fabricated stripes that overlap through their extended tabs to double material thickness.

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Morphology – Vaulted Willow’s overall morphology is the result of a reciprocal relationship encompassing experiments in non-linear architectural typology (multiple entries, distributed feet with branching and spiraling legs), structural differentiation (bifurcation of structural download forces, tighter radii of leg profiles for rigidity…) and programmatic possibilities for a winding playground (hide and seek…)

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Colors – Vaulted Willow’s colors are originated in its immediate environment, though for it to be an iconic destination within Borden Park, the colors are pushed toward artificiality. The greens and blues blend into a synthetic magenta, overlapping to reveal a two-way Cheshire scheme.

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Bits and Parts – Vaulted Willow is comprised of 721 aluminum stripes, 14,043 connectors and 60 epoxy concrete anchors. The project uses aluminum of three different thicknesses. 24 base plates are anchored to a concrete pad of 240 cubic feet. It took four days, and a crew of four to assemble the prefabricated parts.

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Design: MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY