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"There is no such thing as art - there are only artists." This is the first sentence in one of the most popular books on art "The story of Art," by prof. sir E. Gombrich. I like that statement, because I might think I'm an artist when I'm building a tensegrity, but I would hate it if one would say I'm making art. I try to work out an idea, a specific form that is in my head and in my head only, a construction, maybe something beautiful, but also maybe something looking very complex, but please no art!

Probably, the most of us are not very interested in a discussion about what's art and what's not. This section of the website is called "art" just to focus on the artistic value of a tensegrity. So, in this section a little less words, no history, mathematics or biotensegrity, but a little more pictures instead.

Tensegrities are three dimensional structures which are not always that easy to "catch" in a photo. In comparison to conventional sculptures tensegrities have the advantage that they are "airy" structures. You can look throught a tensegrity sculpture. But that is also the disadvantage: On a screen it is much harder to experience depth in a structure so the struts at "the far end" of the structure look very near the struts "at the front side" of the structure.

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These two pictures of one and the same tensegrity give a good example. The pictures are taken from a different angle but it is still hard to figure out what the construction looks like. A normal statue is easier to appreciate than this "chaos" and it is hard to imagine there is a mathematical theory behind it.

The real object looks a little bit more synoptic, but it still is a bundle of struts in chaotic order. Also during the construction it was hard to keep the struts and strings apart and there were times I had to keep myself together not to throw the clew in the trashbox.

In short: you don't hear me say that this tensegrity is art, but I do say that it is an art to make it.

Marcelo Pars