- FunGaL tRusS
A Biologically Inspired Spanning Structure
The impetus for FunGaL tRusS was born from the analysis of a biological system, which was then developed structurally tasking the final iteration to span approximately three ft. The biological system of examination was fungi or more specifically the lamellae of a fungi. These tiny structural membranes underneath the cap serves to give the mushrooms dome shape its capacity to stand and resist the rain and wind.
The material I was tasked to work with was wax, which I eventually manipulated by cutting wax paper into ribbons, rolling the paper through different series' of folds, and finally submergins skewered wax ribbons in melted wax. Through this process I was able to make wax marginally structural. Below, is a study of how the wax accumulated on different items when submerged.