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Kukje Art Center Mesh Sample Steel Test




SO–IL (American, founded 2008)
Florian Idenburg (Dutch, born 1975)
Jing Liu (Chinese, born 1980)

About this artwork

Traditional 16th century armor often consists of a unique pattern of interlocking metal rings to develop a strong yet pliable fabric. In a search for materials to wrap the exterior surface of Kukje Gallery, SO-IL discovered this invention that allows for a fluidity of an otherwise rigid metal material to take on a double curvature and wrap the concrete forms of their gallery. With the need to develop a larger scale more appropriate for architecture, SO-IL created a series of cardboard mock-ups to test scale and pliability. From this process, the firm settled on 1.5” diameter stainless steel ring as seen here. SO-IL then worked alongside a manufacturer who created a custom-fit, continuous sheath consisting of over 500,000 rings specifically designed and created to envelop Kukje Gallery.


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Architecture and Design


Solid Objectives - Idenburg Liu (SO-IL) (Architect)


Kukje Art Center Mesh Sample Steel Test

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Made 2011


Stainless steel


41 × 46 cm (16 1/8 × 18 1/8 in.)

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Gift of Solid Objectives-Idenburg Liu (SO-IL)

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