Standing 3 meters (10 feet) tall, Benjamin Dillenburger and Michael Hansmeyer’s Arabesque Wall is 3D printed over the course of four days from a 50 Gigabyte file. Created in collaboration with Design Exchange in Toronto for the 3DXL exhibition, the 0.8 ton piece composed of 12 smaller sand-printed blocks took four months to design, four days to print and four hours to assemble.
Inspired by the arabesques from Islamic art, a form of surface decoration which uses elaborate flowing and overlapping lines created through geometric rules, Dillenburger and Hansmeyer used custom software and an iterative folding algorithm to create a form that contains 200 million surfaces at a resolution of just 0.2 millimeters. “Shifting the design process to this abstract level has a dramatic impact, creating complexity and richness of detail that would otherwise be almost impossible for a designer to specify or conceive of,” they explain.
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