Super String Sculpture by Metakaos

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Super String

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Sculpture

INSPIRATION:
The Superstring is an art work conceived by Massimo Mercurio that belongs to a series of sculptures dedicated to some of the most exciting branches of Science, which have been an area of interest for the artist. Since the early years of his education, Massimo has been fascinated by the relationship between Mathematics and its geometrical representation – a fascination that was pushed even further into Complex Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. These early scientific enquiries led to fruitful creative veins when he looked at the intriguing rendition of some of the most advance theories in Art. The Superstring is a three-dimensional illustration of one of the great achievements of mankind in the field of Physics and the effort that many brilliant minds have put forward in the attempt of better understanding our universe. The Supersymmetric String Theory, known in short as "Superstring Theory", is an ongoing attempt at creating a universal and comprehensive theory of the physical mechanism of the universe that merges Relativity with Quantum Mechanics. The Theory, in very simple words, imagines the universe’s building blocks at microscopic levels made of tiny strings vibrating in different ways and modes across multiple dimensions.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The making of the sculpture followed a rather unusual process. Instead of being modelled with clay or plasticine and then scaled up to actual size by the metal workers, it was sketched on paper and modelled in three-dimension on the computer with a modelling software called Rhino. The 3D model was then printed with a three-dimensional printers in various sizes. These mini models were then used to make bigger models in clay and plasticine to adjust the sculpture to the most harmonious form. The last prototype was then scanned and touched up in 3D again to produce the last final prints of the art work that was then used as the base for the metal workers to assemble the real size Superstring.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Superstring mesmerises the onlooker with its fluid ripples of steel that twirl around its nucleus. It appears to be magically floating right within its centre almost as if the force of gravity within would obey to different laws. It dialogues with people who play with their reflections on its pristine steel in a dynamic relationship that suggests that the Art Work not only justify its existence within the artist realm but also the artist's interest towards the sciences and great attention that the artist devoted to the more humanistic subjects.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The sculpture was commissioned by KOP for their projects Hamilton Scotts in Scotts road in 2011. It was installed in early 2012 and it sits along the Scotts road west pedestrian walk very visible from the main road almost as acting as public art. Beyond the full 3m size sculpture, eight more 50cm pieces and eight in 30cm have been made as PDA (Prova d'Autore - Artist Proof AP).

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The Superstring sculpture is made of two elements forged out of 316 stainless steel sheets, 3mm in thickness, that have been bent and welded by extremely skilled metal workers, all under the supervision of Massimo. After forging and welding, the steel surface went through a long polishing process that made the sculpture shine with a beautiful mirror finish, so it looks like it is formed from with a single, continuous metal piece. The high-grade stainless steel allows the sculpture to be part of a water feature and be exposed to the weather, maintaining its shine without tarnishing or rusting, though proper maintenance and cleaning is required.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The sculpture is an approximately 3.2m x 2.5m x 2.7m coil of steel that after looping five times, turns back to connect the first with the last, moving from back to front in a seemingly dynamic flow that evokes a perennial continuum. The twists of the coil are arranged with a cadence that resembles a melodic composition – a design gesture that reminds us of the harmony of Physics and the fascinating connection between Music and Mathematics, which always underlines even the most chaotic dynamical system.   The second element of the sculpture is a rounded nucleus of 1.25m x 900mm x 900mm. It is suspended by four thin steel cables in the centre of the coil. The cables are barely visible if you stand just a few meters away, and give the illusion that the nucleus is floating, making the sculpture appear almost magical to the onlooker. The steel cables are anchored with special screws onto four different points of the spiral coil in a way that all cables are kept in tension to prevent the nucleus from swaying in the wind.

TAGS:
sculpture, stainless steel, Hamilton Scotts, Singapore

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The Superstring is a three-dimensional illustration of one of the great achievements of mankind in the field of Physics and the effort that many brilliant minds have put forward in the attempt of better understanding our universe. The Supersymmetric String Theory, known in short as "Superstring Theory", is an ongoing attempt at creating a universal and comprehensive theory of the physical mechanism of the universe that merges Relativity with Quantum Mechanics. The Theory, in very simple words, imagines the universe’s building blocks at microscopic levels made of tiny strings vibrating in different ways and modes across multiple dimensions.

CHALLENGE:
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ADDED DATE:
2017-09-27 11:08:57

TEAM MEMBERS (4) :
Massimo Mercurio, Kimberly Liu, Luke Lin and Sam Zhang

IMAGE CREDITS:
CI&A

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Metakaos

PROFILE:
Metakaos (MTK) is a comprehensive and all encompassing art solutions provider. A special entity within the art industry, MTK has an omni-comprehensive approach to provide clients with every aspect of art, design and architectural solutions. Together with our affiliated company Mercurio Design Lab (MDL), a luxurious Italian design firm, we are a one-stop centre with services stemming from art trading to art curation, artistic styling of a space to creating customised collections and sculptures, from conceptual designs to project management, with a team of qualified engineers and QPs (Qualified Persons) who oversees the safety and proper installations of artworks which are rarely available in the industry and exclusive to MTK. Our architectural and interior design business units are the tools that fuel the creation of art works for Metakaos Art Projects, facilitate curating and installation of art pieces.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Super String Sculpture by Metakaos is a Nominee in Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Super String Sculpture by Metakaos is Winner in Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Category, 2017 - 2018.



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