Creations and Analysis Out of Boredom

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    Carvin' Stone

    By I am a liberal
    Feb 9, '17 1:04 AM EST

    Chase the meaningless long enough to make it meaningful.

    Why carve a stone at its veins? Why scan the stone to 3D for the computer? Why do a fly-thru ending with the Farnsworth house perched on a ridge of the cut stone?

    Cut from what appears to be a piece of a blue Quartztile named Azul Macaubas.  The stone was cut and eventually carved with a hand grinder and water hose nearby pouring water over the stone, low budget stone cutting.

    The stone was scanned in a flatbed scanner after each session of cuts as animated in GIFs below.

    To give the stone a smooth finish after grinding, an electric floor hand sander was used with 80 and 200 grit sandpaper and then followed-up with 1000 and 2000 grit sandpaper by hand.  Water pouring the entire time. 

    The stone was then scanned to a 3D model in the computer using an Xbox Kinect and Skanect software.

    Photos of the stone were taken to create texture maps for the computer model.  Animation made in 3dsMax.

    It then became clear to me that it was not the task of architecture to invent form.  I tried to understand what that task was.  I asked Peter Behrens, but he could not give me an answer.  He did not ask that question.  The others said, ‘What we build is architecture’, but we weren’t satisfied with this answer…since we knew that it was a question of truth, we tried to find out what truth really was.  We were very delighted to find a definition of truth by St. Thomas Aquinas: ‘Adaequatio intellectus et rei’, or as a modern philosopher expresses it in the language of today: ‘Truth is the significance of fact.’” – Mies van der Rohe (quoted by Peter Carter in Architectural Design, March, 1961)

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