Friday, March 11, 2016

Structural Engineering and Visual Arts Students To Exhibit Final Projects Mar. 14-17

Students from a structural engineering and a visual arts class are working together, shoulder to shoulder, on a collaborative final project. They will showcase the results of this collaboration at the Envision: The Future is Here exhibition. 

The projects will be on public display in the Structural and Materials Engineering building, rooms 201 and 202, Mar. 14-17, from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m each day, with a reception to be held on the 17th at 7:00 p.m. 

This experimental class, happening in the new EnVision Maker Studio at UC San Diego, blends the pedagogical needs of artists and engineers. The goal is for the students to work collectively to create a “whole object” where the aesthetics and design of the sub-structure and art object are integrated in such a way that they work together aesthetically, conceptually, and structurally.

The artist in each group led the design and 3D printing or other assembly method for a 3D object representing their idea of science fiction. The engineers took the lead on the surrounding structure. Some of the projects include:
  • A squid monster sculpture on a pagoda-style structure
  • A suspended car sculpture 
  • A third team is constructing something akin to the big tic-tac-toe systems you see in playgrounds
Learn more about EnVision here.

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