GNaum, the Garden Naum, is a habitable sculpture, just large enough for two people. It is named to acknowledge the Russian Constructivist sculptor Naum Gabo who utilized thin planar materials to depict the volume of a figure without carrying its mass.
GNaum builds on our previous metal folding and bending projects, such as One-Fold and Cocoons, which construct robust shells through a simple folding or ‘braking’, and subsequent bending or ‘springing’ of light gauge stainless steel sheet. In this case two 5’ x 12’ rectangular 16 gauge sheets are each folded 3 times in a conventional sheet-metal brake, joined to a steel base-frame and to each other to ‘spring-form’ one-half of the volume. Two identical halves are then nested into one another and connected to each other at base-frame and at apex to describe a subtly asymmetrical bi-lateral figure.
From sprung-form to sculptural volume, GNaum achieves monumental presence through the simple manipulation and assembly of thin stainless steel sheet material.