Form of Wander

The concept for the branches and intersections of this network - which are not distributed and held in tension, but highly curated and directional - underwent rigorous structural analysis as the base mesh was tested at 3mm, 4mm, and 5mm thick aluminum. From these simulations, which showed stresses from the dead load of the structure and the high wind loads that could be anticipated from the climate of Tampa, a mesh was generated that responded to areas of higher stress. Areas of lower stress would be composed of parts in 3mm aluminum, going up to 5mm where we the structure needed to be the most conservative. "Where the Riverfront Park recreational space extends onto the waterway, this structure is situated to host new outdoor activities and new memories of the Tampa’s active waterfront. As an inverted mangrove, the green-hued aluminum canopy announces itself among palms as a signal on the Hillsborough River. The tree-like structure appears to float between water and land." - Marc Fornes
Location
Tampa, Florida
Architect
Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY
Client
Hillsborough County Public Art
Scope
Structural Design