The project is located in Daya Bay in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, China. In a coastal city with prosperous development, it is placed in the largest shopping center in the region. The designer has created the parametric art installation named The Sea Hare Canopy.
“The tides roll in row after row, looking like one moving hill after another. Each tide laps the rocks, with waves splashing and surging. In these seemingly disorderly and random sights, everything reveals the parametric relationship of gravity. The sunlight penetrates the waves and the sea, with star-like glittering spots dancing with it. Close your eyes and allow your mind to leap into the sea with the role of gravity. The light goes through the sea and straight down to the depth. The sunlight is eager to illuminate the entire sea. Seen through the sunlight, the aquatic creatures of all sorts look like blooming flowers, presenting a bright sight in a riot of colors. At this moment, the ‘sea hare’ is found. Its features and colors bring various curiosity-drawing associations to minds where all thoughts are blended. Eyes open, with the sea hare canopy right in the front.”
The creation starts with the physical aesthetics of the sea hare, which is fused with the characteristics of waves and sunlight. It taps into the emotional experiential perspective of the canopy’s function by using the 3D parameter mode of a hexagonal body.
The morphological parameters of the 3D stretching of a hexagonal boy has constructed a spatial landscape and human experience.
It considers both the structural mechanics and the aesthetics, with accurate calculation of the arch mechanic parameters in each node, the wind resistance parameters against typhoons, satisfactoriness against earthquakes, and resistance against risks of acoustic vibrations.
Sunlight penetrates the tinted glass to reach the ground. Changing in real time in different periods of a day, it has conveyed the subtle relationship among humans, buildings, colors, and nature.
The body shape of the “sea rabbit” with a fluctuating curve reveals bright colors. The curve shapes of the ocean waves bring forth the refraction of light on the sea surface. In the experience of swimming under the sea, one feels like the sunlight shining on the sea surface and shimmering into the sea water. The swimming of fish gives the feeling of diving into the sea. These comprehensive abstract emotions have transformed and hidden in this parameter structure, with each in the crowd feeling a unique experience.
In the great amount of parameter construction, each piece of construction and each piece of glass is of a unified output with independent data, following the 3D stretching aesthetic relationship. On the 3D shape are generated 3D polygon parameters, while the polygon supports the pure flat glass surfaces in different dimensions. The multi-dimensional positioning system and the accumulation of manual construction errors have greatly increased the control of the parameterization and the control for the safe matching against the glass and the caliber errors.