Ball-Nogues Studio
Custom 3D form-finding software for Suspension Sculpture at the LA County Building and Safety Permit Office


Illustration of Suspension Sculpture. Rendering by Pylon Technical



Designer: Ball-Nogues Studio

Project: Suspension Sculpture, 2009

Venue: LA County Building and Safety Permit Office

Links: Ball-Nogues Studio

Description: Suspension Sculpture, 2009


Our Role: Custom 3D form-finding software; software and electronics design for custom CNC bead chain cutting machine


Working closely with Ball-Nogues Studio, we created custom software tor explore the form of this Suspension Sculpture and expedite its fabrication. The software made design and revision fast and intuitive. With near real-time visual feedback, Ball-Nogues Studio was able to evaluate numerous design schemes quickly. Qualities such as "flow," density, material, are parameterized to be continuously variable across the installation. Rather than modeling each of the unique catenaries by hand, the designers were able to define the character of the installation in relatively abstract terms. The custom software handles the details, automatically generating the required catenaries, construction documentation, and Installator CNC files used to cut the thousands of lengths of bead chain.