In early March I was in Montreal working, and visiting friends. One evening I was inadvertently introduced to Miri Chek. After we chatted for a while I saw her eyes grow wide as she figured out I was one of the Archimedes Design guys.
Turns out she is a n artist working in Montreal on a number of projects. One of them had just been selected to be a part of TaBURNac! (as had we) She was exploring dome shapes too. That day she had stumbled across our site in her research. She was a big fan of our designs, and was dumbfounded that I had just walked into her loft.
She asked me back to look at her structure. Her idea had been to hang concentric rings from the ceiling with aircraft cable to create a bell shaped inclosure. She had been working with pvc, and a good bit of it was hung from the loft ceiling. She wasn't happy with it. And to be honest it looked like crap. Immediately she asked me what she should do. I didn't know how to politely say, "start over".
I said let me think about it. And I did. I went into another room for and hour or so, played with fire toys, and thought. That pause to consider lead to one of the more fascinating conversations I've had in years. We talked for an hour or so about structural forces and free standing shelters. We talked flying buttresses, and discussed why we chose a hub.
After that conversation I came back to Brooklyn for a few weeks to finish the project we were working on for TaBURNac. When we got back to Montreal what Miri had to share was nothing short of astounding. She and her compatriots created a beautiful structure. In about 10 days. Totally blown away.
While I was in Brooklyn sewing "more Spandex!" (used like "more cowbell" around here), she had designed her own hub, taught herself to MIG weld, constructed her parts, and built this gorgeous flower of a kiosk. I seldom I meet someone who geeks out in so deeply in ways I do.
In structures we unite. Thanks for the beautiful gift Miri.