The first Curve Space Diamond Structure was built in 1975 at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum in Brooklyn, N.Y. This project became possible because of the vision of Ed Schlossberg who designed the exhibits for the museum. I am forever greatful for this. Without Ed’s interest and support this project may have never happened.
I would also like to thank Mark Jurey and Toby Cowan who helped in the original product development that enabled this system to be realized in 1975.
The origins of my concept for the Curved Space system originated with my morphological research in 1965-66, which was made possible by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. This work was reported in my book, Structure in Nature is a Strategy for Design, The MIT Press, 1978, 1990. Completion of this project was supported by the National Endowment for the Arts thanks to sponsorship from Charles Eames, who was at that time on the Advisory Board of the NEA.
My good friend, Alan Schoen, must also be thanked for helping me understand the language of crystallography and for introducing me to the concept of infinite periodic minimal surfaces.
I am also extremely grateful to the Hakone Open Air Museum in Japan, for including our Curved Space Diamond Structure as a permanent installation at their museum. It was first installed there in 1978 and continues, in updated form, to be a major fixture at this extraordinary museum of significant modern sculpture.
I would also like to thank my daughter, Aleta Pearce, for creating the beautiful computer generated images in this document. Aleta was also a key contributor to the product development improvements that were included in the recent Hakone Museum upgraded installation. I would also like to thank Diane Gould for her design assistance, working with Aleta, on our product improvements.
Finally, I would like to thank Aleta for her great work on preparation and design of a comprehensive guidebook for the installation of the Curved Space system. Further, I would also like to thank Aleta for her skillful development of our new Curved Space web site.
Cover photograph taken at the Hakone Museum installation in 2014 courtesy Ed Schlossberg.
Peter Jon Pearce