Dunnage Ball

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Various locations, 2007, 2008

Dunnage bags are inflatable bladders used in the shipping industry to isolate and stabilize loads during transit. PTA’s research into the form-making possibilities of these bags has resulted in the creation of different geometric permutations for various sites and events. The first prototype was built and tested in the PTA studio courtyard with great success. The 22-foot diameter icosoahedron made of 30 dunnage bags cast a magnetic attraction over adults and children alike.

Thus far, the constructions have been featured at the studio open house party, an interactive Lucha Libre [LINK] demonstration, and the inaugural Glow [LINK] art festival at the Santa Monica pier in the summer of 2008.

 

BREAKDOWN:
22-foot diameter icosahedrons, made of 30 dunnage bags

PROJECT TEAM: Peter Tolkin, Leigh Jerrard, Chris Girt, Brian Janeczko, Sang Kim, Angela Uriu, Emily Gilmar
CONSULTANTS: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design (Lighting)
PHOTOGRAPHER: Peter Tolkin, Josh White
VIDEOGRAPHER/MOVIE DIRECTOR: Daniel Lara

glow festival

glow festival

study model

study model

prototype testing

prototype testing

plan & elevation

plan & elevation

additional testing

additional testing

inflating the ball

inflating the ball

first public use

first public use

late in the night

late in the night

glow festival

glow festival

on the beach

on the beach

glow festival thumbnailstudy model thumbnailprototype testing thumbnailplan & elevation thumbnailadditional testing thumbnailinflating the ball thumbnailfirst public use thumbnaillate in the night thumbnailglow festival thumbnailon the beach thumbnail