MEMBRANE MODEL / EXPERIMENT FIVE
Our membrane model is an evolution of our tensile model, keeping the original geometric system but attempting to expand on its variability through the relationship between the mirrored frames. A stretchable fabric spread over both sides was pulled through the triangular segments and connected at the center with grommets, generating eight hourglass-shaped figures. The structure was then sandwiched between two pieces of plexiglass that allowed light to filter through the upper membrane and illuminate the interior space. Manipulating strings knotted around the connections between each segment enabled us to control the verticality of each module and allowed for unique patterns across the model as a whole, such as gradients or mirrored relationships. This differs greatly from our tensile model in which we could only add and remove segments. While we were not able to achieve the extreme vertical variation we had hoped for due to limitations of our fabric choice, our system of three positions for the eight modules gave us a lot more freedom to play with.