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The new materiality of shadows

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 22.04.2009 - Tagged as: , , , , ,

Mock-up of a facade study by atelier ww. A relief on the exposed concrete is created by the use of a polyurethane mould which is produced using CNC technology and can be re-used up to one hundred times

Mock-up of a facade study by atelier ww. A relief on the exposed concrete is created by the use of a polyurethane mould which is produced using CNC technology and can be re-used up to one hundred times

For hundreds of years artists and architects have been fascinated by cast shadows and perspective – the two shaping factors of spatial representation. Today the direct control of production machinery by means of digital design tools imparts an entirely new complexity to ‘optical reliefs’, which not only enable any image to be created as a cast shadow, but also make it possible to represent a multiplicity of images in one relief surface. Another new factor is the potential for industrial production, which opens up fully new possibilities for architecture in particular. Below we present three recent examples of shadow research.

'Optical Tiles' by Roderick Quin, stamped aluminium panels with 3D pixels

'Optical Tiles' by Roderick Quin, stamped aluminium panels with 3D pixels

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