Through Gridded Chaos

Here’s something I did not expect. This is a Shadow Cloud, a three dimensional object with seemingly random elements strewn throughout it that, with light, reveals order in the shadows it casts. This box of lines and squares casts shadows of religious symbols! It’s totally amazing! The object in this post is called “Thru Religion” and is a cubical Shadow Cloud designed in a 3D program then printed using a 3D object printer.

At the college I attended, there was a 3D printer in the form of a Rapid Prototyper, brought in for the furniture and sculpture students to test out their potential objects before they made them themselves. Of course quickly enough these students began using the printer as a tool to create things that’d simply be impossible to create in any other way.

This “Thru Religion” box seems like it wouldn’t be IMPOSSIBLE to build by hand, but it would be foolish to try. That’s why designer Drzach and Suchy designed this box and had inspire irpd, St. Gallen print it for them.

To fully appreciate this situation you’ve got to watch the video below. It features someone (probably one of the designers) rotating the cube around between a light and a white wall, showing you the function.

Love the moon!

Designers: Drzach and Suchy

3 Comments

  • Dave says:

    Awesome.
    I'd love to try to build one the 'old-fashioned' way, out of thin hobby plywood, say. Maybe not in the same resolution, but a 4x4x4 or even 8x8x8 could be done. Why? because you can… Would definitely need 3D modeling software, though, I lack the visualization skills to do this in my head or with pen and paper.

  • Dave says:

    Awesome.
    I'd love to try to build one the 'old-fashioned' way, out of thin hobby plywood, say. Maybe not in the same resolution, but a 4x4x4 or even 8x8x8 could be done. Why? because you can… Would definitely need 3D modeling software, though, I lack the visualization skills to do this in my head or with pen and paper.

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