mesh-and-shadow sculptures


Randy Cooper uses copper mesh as his medium. The resulting figures appear somewhat like three-dimensional pencil drawings. Furthermore, the sculptures cast wispy shadows that often complement the overall composition.

Meshes are also an ideal medium for moiré synthesis. The moirés in this photo are probably an artifact of digital photography. However, the sculptures themselves can generate rich moiré patterns by interfering with themselves or their own shadows. The moirés could make the figures appear to move and shimmer as the viewer moves past them. Or, with a fair amount of craftsmanship, meaningful secret moiré patterns could be integrated in these figures visible only from a specific vantage point.


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