We are working with Buro Happold to analyze the Grotto’s structure to determine where we need to be concerned about deformation and torsion in the frame. Some preliminary feedback shows the tendancy to deflect toward the curled side.
The Grotto for Meditation proposed in 1963 for New Harmony, Indiana commissioned by Mrs. Jane Blaffer-Owen was the culmination of Frederick Kiesler's life-long project. Though the structure was not realized in New Harmony at the time, it embodies all of the influences of his career from surrealism to biology and cybernetic theory. Through our University and the Blaffer Foundation, we are engaged in formal research and tectonic resolution of the project employing contemporary digital modeling and fabrication technologies at our College and in our city.