Inspired by the concept of a silk thread being as strong as an equivalent thread of steel Charlie Davidson planned to create a cocoon like object from wound steel cable.
The design of the floating balanced form was arrived at fairly quickly however the steel cable idea was soon abandoned after a number of prototypes sections proved steel cable would be to heavy. Davidson switched to a lightweight man made material giving the finished piece the look of a silk wound cocoon giving rise to the name Silkworm.
The 3m long bench required 400m of nylon yachting rope wound round a fibreglass core.
This piece now resides by a pool in Holywood,LA.
The Silkworm, Charlie Davidson, 2004
The making of Silkworm
Sketches and CAD models
1:6 scale model made from soldering wire
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