The 3-meter tall wall feature was designed to be installed in a master bathroom of a private residence. The composition consists of a shoal of fish emerging from a monolithic marble volume. Curved out of a 3000 x 1000 x 60mm piece of white Thasos marble, the project was computationally modelled and fabricated using a 7-axis robotic CNC machine.
The project is inspired by D’Arcy Thomson’s work “On Growth and Form” and his research on the morphological relation of certain families of species which he demonstrated through a series of geometric transformations. The proposed composition consists of 26 different fish derived from a single 3D model. Characteristics of various species were combined to form the prototype fish model. Computational Modelling techniques were implemented at a next stage to enable permutations of the original model and the generation of the fish population. The variants were achieved using geometric transformations such as scaling, flowing, bending, tapering and stretching. A number of simulations with different carving tools was finally carried out to specify the desired finishing effect. A considerably rough finish was chosen to denote fish scales and provide additional detail to the composition. The finished product was transported on site and successfully installed as part of the interior cladding of the bathroom walls.