An art-science-industry-education project to save the coral reefs.
What if the lace of Puy-en-Velay could help save the corals?
At the end of summer 2017, the artist was invited by the Lyon-based association HS-Projets to participate in the 2018 Clermont-Ferrand edition of the International Festival of Extraordinary Textiles. The HS-Projets association aims to promote the exchange of ideas, know-how and experiences on issues related to heritage, contemporary creation and extra-European cultural dynamics, as well as international mobility by stimulating the circulation of heritage objects, artists, creators, professionals and researchers from outside Europe. To respond to this invitation, Jérémy Gobé chose to draw inspiration from a traditional skill of the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region: the point d'esprit, a traditional bobbin lace pattern from Puy-en-Velay. This motif, created more than 400 years ago, is very similar to the design of one of the coral skeletons that he uses in his artistic experiments.
PING is a golf equipment brand based in Phoenix, Arizona. It was founded by Karsten Solheim.
An engineer at General Electric, Solheim began making his own putters in his garage in Redwood City, California, in 1959. Due to the growing demand for his putters, he resigned from his position at General Electric in 1967 to expand his company. PING currently produces clubs in every category: drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, irons and putters.
A few years ago a photograph of a dragonfly taken by President John A. Solheim inspired one of the innovations of the "G" Golf Driver, which the engineers called "Dragonfly Technology".
Mimicking the complex structure of the dragonfly's wing, the exoskeleton-like crown of the club has become ultra thin, ultra light and very strong at the same time. The aerodynamic clubhead has been "lightened" by 8g and the centre of gravity is now lower and further back than on a standard driver.
The designers created a flexible and consistent driver that allows the ball to be hit farther and with more accuracy. And thanks to Vortec Technology, which helps stabilise turbulent airflow through the clubhead, the engineers have reduced impact resistance by 37%.
Curiosity led Zipp engineers to study the fins of humpback whales when developing the Zipp 454 NSW wheels
Zipp engineers had a radical idea: to design a wheel that is not quite round... at least in its inner diameter, where the spokes are attached. They thought that carbon lugs could improve stability and aerodynamic efficiency.
This premise has become a reality in the form of the new 454 NSW carbon clincher wheel, with its Sawtooth™ rim profile featuring Hyperfoil™ lugs and Hexfin™ indentations.
After a series of unsuccessful attempts to incorporate wavy shapes into bicycle wheels, Zipp development engineer David Morse began to discover the words 'tubers' and 'biomimicry' and to study them in the context of Zipp engineering. While researching waveforms and fluid dynamics, David Morse came across academic work reporting the effect of tubercles on the fins of humpback whales. The introduction to an article in the journal Integrative and Comparative Biology stated: "Humpback whales have highly mobile wing-like fins for lateral tilting and turning. The large, rounded tubercles on the edge of the flippers are unique morphological structures in nature.
After 4 years of development, 252 hours in the wind tunnel and 35 rim prototypes, Zipp engineers discovered the shape that would become known as the Sawtooth™ technology of the 454 NSW wheel. Thus was born a wheelset with aerodynamic efficiency and crosswind stability far superior to conventionally shaped wheels, the most innovative and efficient wheel Zipp has ever designed in its 28-year history.