Ball-Nogues Studio
Custom 3D form-finding software for Cradle, a large-scale public sculpture


Cradle design option. Rendering: Ball-Nogues Studio



Designer: Ball-Nogues Studio

Project: Cradle

Venue: Santa Monica Place (Scheduled completion 2010)

Links: Ball-Nogues Studio

Description: Ball-Nogues Studio's winning entry for a public art competition sponsored by the City of Santa Monica. Each stainless steel sphere is suspended by a cable from a point on the wall and locked in position by a combination of gravity and neighboring balls. As a whole, the balls imply an articulated surface suggestive of foam or sea life.


Our Role: Custom 3D form-finding software


Working closely with Ball-Nogues Studio, we created custom software tor explore the form of Cradle. The software made design and revision fast and intuitive, allowing us to quickly produce numerous variations for this public proposal.