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The Swarm Uses Modern Methods and Old Materials for a Futuristic Object

For a motionless object, The Swarm manifests itself as an intense and magnetic presence in its outdoor setting, seemingly frozen amidst the process of slicing through the air as a dangerous cluster of pointy metal arrows. The futurists of 100 years ago would have drooled over this piece and the tremendous dynamism that it exudes.

But the sculpture is very much a product of the contemporary period with its use of recycled construction materials and its manipulation by cutting-edge parametric modeling. Dozens of sharp three-pronged darts have been creased and connected into the organic shape of a flock of birds or a school of fish. Sabrina Appel, Sascha Posanski and Max Langwieder's The Swarm seems to suck its bystanders into a powerful vacuum behind it.