Thinking outside the vase.

Author:Ochoa, Emily
Position:WORKS IN PROGRESS - Brief article
 
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Rationalists that we are, most of us consider flower vases to be containers. Artist Fung Kwok Pan, however, blurs the line between the container and the contained Fung's so-called fluid vases represent the process of pouring, and the resulting objects showcase beautiful flows and splashes.

Fluid vases were born out of a desire to "translate actions which are commonly associated with objects into the actual object itself," Fung says. He begins with a high-speed camera, photographing water being poured into a container. With this footage as his model, he uses animation software to create a "3-D mesh" of this process that can be exported to a computer-aided design program. The software enables him to create a physical blueprint of a single step in the pouring process, and he selects two of the best such blueprints to be turned into physical objects by a 3-D...

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