TXTMSG with Ross
by Adeline Seidel | 4/29/2014
Kyudo-literally means “the way of the bow” in Japanese - is a structural principle, a system of elements that, when increasing the number, it can suit the space in different ways. Inspired by the original logic behind a bow, which stores the energy genera
ted by the tension and then releasing the arrow, Francisco Gomez Paz uses this energy to create a system in equilibrium: a set of elements in permanent tension, which sustain each other in space. The basis of the system evokes a bow metaphorically and str
ucturally - a simple industrial steel tube bent according to a geometrically defined profile to create and sustain tension -coupled with a Dyneema technical rope.
The structure made of arches and ropes is light, suspended. The stability is not dep
endent on a mechanical fixing system, yet on balancing the opposing forces. The passage of the ropes inside the tubes occurs through the polymerization coupling that creates a single surface with the outside of the tube. This makes the path of the rope ev
en more mysterious and acts as a block to make sure it doesn´t become loose over time. The special ropes used can withstand greater loads than those supported by steel cables, yet are soft and smooth to the touch. Three arches kept in tension by a length
of rope without ever coming into contact with each other, creating a stable and self-supporting system.
The introduction of a fourth profile interrupts the balance allowing the structure to close itself by folding. The addition of further arches
allows the structure to expand linearly in the space like a frame work. Kyudo doesn’t fall into a specific category, but it is so original that can be used in many different combinations so that people can interact with it, accommodating objects or hangi