This is the fifth sculpture in a series of experimental systems carried out between 2010 and 2013.     [Research Background]   The pursuit of this research was to develop a methodology to create complex structural systems within a parametric framework and to develop a criteria for assessing and discussing their success.  They each began with a simple intention and developed through their respective processes to be far more interesting than expected.  The methodology refined by these studies mandated a practiced understanding of the material processes involved as well as a dependence on feed back from iteration.    Parametric Theory, was not assumed to be inherently linked to digital algorithmic computation, but rather an exciting theoretical framework that has tremendous analog implications as well.  It is believed that the current conflagration of computational systems has served to expose us to a world that was perhaps already inherent to us, one that can and should be pursued by a multitude of techniques and art forms.    Each of these systems began with a vague intention.  Then components and connection strategies were invented to best carry out the intention.  As material and process realities affected the assembly of the systems, new limits and opportunities arose and were evaluated against the original intention, providing added authorship potential.   Hexagon Shift Intentions   The second of the large scale case studies, this system began as a more structurally viable plywood solution to the storage problem explored in the Material Library system. A hexagon grid is inherently more stable than a square grid. This system evolved with few functional parameters in an effort to explore the aesthetic variations possible in a plywood part-to-whole construction.   Components   There are only two plywood components that compose this system. The primary components are asymmetrical so they can be flipped during assembly produce formal distortions. The secondary pieces serve to lock the others together.   Aggregation/Mutation Strategy   This system is composed of a set of identical parts with a variable connection strategy. Each part has extra connection points that allow them to be shifted during assembly, which combined with the asymmetry of the parts, causes significant formal distortion. The parts lock together with triangular clamps that are compressed with a single bolt.      Result      The hexagon grid proved its value as a structurally rigid composition method. This system, although six feet tall, is rigid enough to stand on. The effect of shifting components has a greater aesthetic effect than intended. As with the previous system, created with CNC machining technology, the material tolerances at the joints became crucial during assembly. After a small prototype, the connectors were adjusted so that tolerances became less important and the final study went together smoothly. The size of the connectors limits the storage capacity of the hexagonal compartments but the aesthetic and experiential characteristics of the system are very rich and interesting.   
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