Ken Goldberg, Karl Bohringer, flw
Born 1961, Ibadan, Nigeria
Lives in San Francisco
Born 1965, Freudenstadt, Germany
Lives in Seattle, Washington
Silicon, microscope, Scanning Electron Microscope microphotograph
Courtesy of the artists and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco
By recreating, in silicon, Frank Lloyd Wright’s world-famous house Fallingwater at 1/1 millionth scale, Goldberg and Bohringer have created something that is no longer a mere diminutive model of the original, but is, in fact, equally heroic in its radically tiny scale.
Why Fallingwater? With its astounding cantilevered elements—horizontal structures for distributing force—Fallingwater is one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century American architecture. Cantilevers are also used in nano technology to measure the forces of miniature devices made from silicon.