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Taping Shape

Explore an Unexpected Indoor Landscape

A family explores Taping Shape
A family explores Taping Shape
Ashanti Davis, Fleet CEO Steve Snyder and artist and engineer Dave Ghilarducci
Ashanti Davis, Fleet CEO Steve Snyder and artist and engineer Dave Ghilarducci
Jumping for joy
Jumping for joy
On the inside, looking out
On the inside, looking out
All smiles
All smiles
Taking a break
Taking a break
Fleet CEO Steve Snyder invites you to explore Taping Shape
Fleet CEO Steve Snyder invites you to explore Taping Shape

In Taping Shape, hundreds of rolls of packing tape are unfurled and bound together to create a world of translucent spaces and tunnels for visitors of all ages to explore. Wear your most colorful socks, because this exhibit is shoes-off and hands-on!

  • Miles of tape. Hours of fun!
  • Enter and explore this unexpected world.
  • Inside, learn more about the structure of Taping Shape.

Layers of conventional packing tape wrapped over installed scaffolding create sinuous branch-like forms between the 2,500-square-foot Rotunda Gallery, 1,700-square-foot Discovery Gallery. These branches are then covered inside and outside by layers of plastic shrink wrap to bind the structure together, producing springy surfaces large enough to crawl into. The network of cocooning passageways and rooms create smooth, continuous surfaces with topological forms. Colorful lights add to the experience. Surfaces curve, slope and twist. The “floor” eases into the side of the structure, which gradually becomes the ceiling.

The exhibition captivates the senses—auditory, visual and touch. Through these explorations and further examinations, visitors are invited to discover the depth and purpose of the structure and to investigate the science behind it all in supplemental bilingual exhibits.

Taping Shape will spark wonder and excitement surrounding the unusual and unexpected use of materials and forms. The ethereal beauty and creativity of the structure will fascinate anyone's inner artist. Taping Shape will be as intriguing to experience from the outside looking in as it is to move inside of it.

 

Taping Shape explores a variety of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) concepts, including:

  • Tensile strength
  • Materials science
  • Topology
  • Geometry
  • Spatial relations
  • Membranes
  • Mathematics
  • Structures
  • Architecture
  • Sound

 

EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND! Taping Shape will be open through September 5, 2016, in the Fleet Rotunda and Discovery Galleries. The exhibition is included with the cost of Fleet admission. Make a plan to visit ... and stick with it!

And in case you're wondering what happens to all of that tape at the end of the exhibition's run ... it's recyclable! 

 

This exhibition was developed by the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, in partnership with San Diego State University (SDSU) Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education (CRMSE) and San Diego artist and engineer Dave Ghilarducci.

 

Generously funded by:

 

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In-Kind support from:

 

 

This exhibition is also available en Español