SHOWING UP TOGETHER
PARAMETRIC 3D MODELING AND DESIGN SUPPORT
Showing Up Together was envisioned and designed by Artist and illustrator Jill Dryer. The art installation features 350 18″ origami cranes following the North Star Crane a sculpture with a 20′ wing span. The installation takes place in an atrium and encompasses a space 60′ x 30′ x 30′ suspended 25-55′ above the finished floor.
Jill worked with Dardinelle Troen and Nick Tomas of design studio Ditreon on presenting client documentation and preserving her artistic vision. Nick asked me to come onboard to do preliminary engineering and 3d modeling for the flock massing. This was a very exciting project for me as I used Grasshopper to run flocking simulations. This allowed us to set parameters to how the cranes would behave and inter act with the space. By creating a freeze frame in the simulation, I extracted a spreadsheet calling out the xyz coordinates of the cranes in space. I also did project renders, modeling out the atrium from scratch and capturing nuances of the installation such as shadows and views from outside of the building.
The final engineering and installation was handled by Rainier Industries.