By using the sun’s rays instead of a laser and sand instead of resins used in modern 3D printers, Markus had the basis of an entirely new solar-powered machine and production process for making glass objects that taps into the abundant supplies of sun and sand to be found in the deserts of the world.
Numen creates large scale interactive sculptures made predominantly from tape. the austrian-croatian studio’s latest work is ‘tuft pula’,
whereby the adhesive material is used to form the structural framework of the organically shaped habitable space.
the interior of the piece is precisely lined with carpet, achieved through the division of the floor covering into two-dimensional segments.
executed using traditional tufting technology, the development and production was executed in a croatian factory, regenarcija.
the backside of the carpet is deliberately exposed, its rough and industrial surface acting as a contrast to the warmth and softness
projected by the red rug which creates an almost womb-like effect from within. situated within a former church in pula, croatia,
‘tuft pula’ hangs at a heigh of 4 meters above ground level, enhancing the tension and sensory perception of the visitor.
The work spans three stories and is made of hundreds of thousands of lightweight digitally fabricated components fitted with microprocessors and sensors. The glass-like fragility of this artificial forest is created by an intricate lattice of small transparent acrylic meshwork links, covered with a network of interactive mechanical fronds, filters, and proximity sensors. Alongside mechanized component systems, a liquid system has been introduced into the environment, supporting simple chemical exchanges that share some of the properties of living organisms. This system is based on ‘protocells’, prototype cells that use inorganic ingredients combined into cell-like forms.