Elastic Plastic Sponge @ Coachella 2009 (via Mick Opportunity)
The elastic plastic sponge was created by students from the southern california institute of architecture (sci-arc) led by benjamin ball, gaston nogues and andrew lyon of the ball-nogues studio. The large scale installation which could be twisted, arched and curled to form different types of space including a lounge, a theater, or a large sculptural mobius strip was created for coachella music festival 2009. Each ‘cell’ within the elastic plastic sponge supported a fluorescent tube and the tubes shifted in orientation relative to each other to create the effect of sweeping motion. The form active structure was designed using 3d software.
The elastic plastic sponge is comprised of 250 cells, each fabricated using custom jigs designed by sci-arc students. The cell module was an effective way to construct a temporary structure for assembly and dismantling.