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    Because destruction is more fun

    Nick Sowers Mar 24 '10 1

    Preciousness of models does not interest me. If I am producing models, I am interested in their decay and destruction as much as the opposite condition. Certainly, in this thesis which examines the life-cycle of a US military base on Guam, what happens when the resources of construction and maintenance wither away is of great importance. This process of ruination must be carefully curated.

    To begin understanding this process, I have produced a series of earth-printed models which I will destroy in various ways. Prof. Ron Rael has adapted a starch printer to print models out of clay. He has fired these in the kiln into some beautiful objects. But before firing, these 3d earth-prints are quite fragile.

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    The first experiment is simply an overhead drip which turns the clay to mud. What you see is a section of the jet-noise barrier I have developed to be constructed on the edge of the air force base. The tip of the cantilever is about 150 feet tall, to give you a sense of the scale.



    The point of these experiments is to design into the original structure its own obsolescence. In what ways could the ruined jet noise barrier be productive after the military leaves? Ecological habitat and tourism are the two main programs I am aiming for.

    Future curated ruinations include mounting an earth-printed section on a subwoofer and shaking it to bits. I'm welcome to suggestions...

     

     
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