Nov 5, 2011

A Maze Of Tunnels Made Only Of Packing Tape, Suspended In Mid-Air

This For Use/Numen's largest installation of its monumental Tape project to date.
Last month, residents of (and visitors to) Melbourne’s Federation Square were invited to crawl through a vast network of semi-transparent tubes suspended nearly 20 feet in the air. If that sounds like a carnival ride you’d rather sit out, you won’t be comforted by the fact that the structure was made entirely of packing tape.

The tendon-like structure spans across 52 feet between two buildings in the city’s civic center and was constructed with the help of temporary support platforms. For Use/Numen installs each tape installation in response to the specific site, without consulting computer models or drawings. “It is basically just working, working, working, because whatever you do, it will always shrink into forms that are geometrically perfect,” Katzler says.
For Use/Numen is willing to repeat Tape as long as people continue to respond enthusiastically to the piece. “The audience is reacting actually all over the world in the same very, very, positive way!” Katzler says. “It does not matter which age they are and it does not matter if they are into architecture, design, art, or into none of them. The minute they go inside, they all have fun like small kids do.”