Competition Submission | Fall 2014
DATE: December 1-4, 2014
TEAM: Lindsay Pericich & Blaise Cannon
MEDIA: Rhino, Grasshopper, Revit, Photoshop, Illustrator, & InDesign
The human brain is filled with 100 billion neurons, the cells that transmit information through electrical and chemical signals. Dendrites emerge from these neuron cells and meet at the synapse. This connection is the locus of thought. There are eight departments in the School of Engineering at the University of Kansas, each one independent but connected. In the sculpture, there are eight neurons. Each one with eight sides. Each one made of distinct material. From the metallic surfaces of each node, seven dendrites emerge and extend to merge with one other. One side remains on each node, open in assertion of self and anticipation of future animation. The triangle profile tubular dendrites bend to meet their counterparts with elbow joints at each bend. The neurons contain sockets to receive the ball on the end of each tube. These connections allow the nodes to move relative to one another. Embedded in the chaos of their woven connections is the rippling of movement from the smallest breeze throughout the entire system: autonomous but interdependent. At the point of the connection between dendrite and neuron, artery and node, the material of the tube dissolves and fiber optic lights emerge and disperse to celebrate this crucial moment. Some
are cast as veins on the surface of the node, some bore through into the nucleus to be reflected out through tiny perforation in its surface. The result is a kinetic constellation of lights in space.
View more of Blaise Cannon's work here: www.blaisecannon.com