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A 3D-Printed Electrical Storage Landscape for the English Coast

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I just got a quick collection of snapshots featuring the hundreds of tiny, precision 3D-printed parts manufactured for us by engineers at Williams, the Formula 1 race car company. These were all later popped, clipped, and assembled into huge models for the British Exploratory Land Archive exhibition, a collaboration with Smout Allen currently on display in London.

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Printed from alumide—a mix of nylon and aluminum dust—the little gears, frames, cages, and parts are for the huge model of the Isle of Sheppey, where we proposed a half-buried landscape of flywheels, used to store excess power generated by the offshore turbines of the London Array.

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Still wired together and uncleaned from their initial fabrication, the rough pieces inadvertently resemble a project by Lebbeus Woods

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—such as Woods's "Metrical Instruments," incidentally produced by an industrial process.

Polished and cleaned, they are more like a monolithic chess set, or little thrones for some alien ship, now ready for assembly into the final model.

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Which looks absolutely not at all like what you might expect:

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In any case, you can read more at the earlier write-up of the exhibition, to which I'll retroactively add some of these images later today. Thanks again to Williams for the amazing technical help and enthusiasm for working with us on this project and to the Architectural Association for hosting it.

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