Rodadora Frontera (Border Tumbleweed)

Rodadora Frontera (Border Tumbleweed)

This amorphous structure floats within the fenced government facility that regulates passage on the U.S.-Mexico border. Designed to appear as a organic-looking volume, Rodadora Frontera assumes a geometric simulation of structure in nature.  A series of vertices and nodes forming irregular tetrahedrons* make up the structure.  Its randomly placed mirrors gather light and reflect the surroundings and sky, changing its appearance throughout the day. The form could be likened to a plant, a swarm, or a cloud – all of which exhibit properties of porosity and changing morphology.

* In Euclidian geometry; a solid formed by four triangles — in this case the form is a series of irregular 3-simplexes. Tetrahedrons are the most basic structural element and indivisible units: The minimum prime divisor of the omni-directional universe. (B. Fuller)

Simparch thanks John Manaves, AAA Design, Milan’s Machining, and Endres Studio, for outstanding assistance on this project