Sketched Sculptures: Architectural Models Look Like Physical Drawings in 3D

Looking at one of his sculptures from a single perspective, it
would be easy to mistake them for 2D drawings on a flat
surface. After all, architects have a tendency to layer lines
as they solve design problems in realtime, resulting in a
sketchy quality in their “working” drawings. They often
also sketch buildings with overlapping lines, leaving
structural intersections seeming fluid and unfinished.

Spanish artist
David Moreno
sculpts along similar lines, using thin
strands to model out architectural creations that appear almost
like two-dimensional art on a page.


Strung together with slim piano wire, he builds up his pieces
from steel rods that form outlines of buildings as well as
architectural details.


There is rarely a clear starting point, and one could imagine
any of these constructions being half-finished or, conversely,
well past their natural end point.


In the end, there is a kind of gestural quality and uncertainty
to each piece, something that architect’s often intentionally
cultivate — by creating overlaps and ambiguities, they can
allow observers (and clients) to read their own vision
into it.


Moreno has created and iterated on these kinds
of three-dimensional sketch sculptures for a long time,
but has also worked on large-scale
installations and furniture-based works
. You can see more,
too, on his Behance page.

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