For the first incarnation of our textile installation, we focused on creating a relatively faithful representation of the simulation data. Aluminum stands and acrylic disks held the woven halos and filaments at the exact positions in 3D space that were prescribed by the simulations (see the weaving the cosmic web page for a description of our process of translating simulations into a textile). Unfortunately, the orientation of the woven filaments caused many of the halos not to unfold properly. Furthermore, the stands and disks visually distracted from the actual textile. We improved upon these aspects in Phase II.
Below are photos of the Phase I installation (some taken by David Martinez-Moreno). The sculpture was part of an exhibition called “The Woven Cosmos” in Savannah, GA (see the exhibitions page).