Thicker versions of thermobimetal can be heated at higher temperatures (above 250˚F) during construction to curl into the ideal configuration and be fitted in tight spaces. Once cooled, the piece is constricted in a partial curl to make a deeper profile and pre-tensioned surface. Because the thermobimetal pieces want to flatten, the resulting surface is strong, lightweight and porous.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA/SB), Santa Barbara, CA
The bottom tier of a 5-tiered tower
MOCA, Los Angeles, CA
A pre-stressed shell for a rocking pavilion using no fasteners
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG), Hollywood, CA
A nine-foot diameter sphere in complete tension