Ann Arbor, MI
Sisal Sukkah yields a static framework and loose material pallet which manifests itself into a interwoven construct deployed through the parameters of the traditional sukkah. A tensile weave of the sisal fiber transforms the limp cording into a dynamic textile. Architecturally programmed through modeling software the weave provides various densities amongst its surface and volume for gathering, shading, and viewing. The structure becomes a loom for compounding tensile fibers into a thick screen providing shelter and shade from elements during the Sukkot meal.
Seven miles of sisal twine aggregate into the a dense single Sukkah. Looping the twine through framing hardware establishes a web of fibers constructing the walls. Volumes of thick weave transform the space from a defined wall to a place which occupies the sukkah itself, no longer solely a shelter but also a consuming effect of thousands of strands of articulated twine transformed to a filigree. The work distorts when sisal begins looping through itself, pulling the straight tensile lines of rope to contort into voids. The assemblage resists the strict pattern of a weave in a loom while retaining porous variation for subtle effect through shadows, lights and view into an inhabitable texture.
Status: Competition Entry