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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tensegrity Solutions Field Tests Bean Teepee

SHIRLEY, MA -- Tensegrity Solutions completed assembly of a new design for a bean teepee on Wednesday, June 23, 1999. The teepee is composed of 9 3.5-foot (1.066 m) struts arranged in three layers using an augmented diamond design. It has triangular ends, the apex triangle having a side length of 8.4 inches (.213 m), the base triangle having a side length four times that, or 33.6 inches (.853 m). It is 6.73 feet (2.05 m) tall. Field trials will determine how beans take to this design and should be mostly completed by the end of this year's growing season.

A photograph of the completed structure along with an addendum to this release is available at:
http://www.trip.net/~bobwb/ts/tenseg/obelisk2/photo4.htm.

side view of the tensegrity bean teepee another side view of the tensegrity bean teepee
Two Views of the Bean Teepee

The teepee is a variation on structures Kenneth Snelson has designed. He calls his realizations towers. The following are links to photos of two of those structures:

Needle Tower (Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC)
Equilateral Quivering Tower

The data used for the assembly of the teepee are at http://www.trip.net/~bobwb/ts/tenseg/obelisk2/diamond4.htm.

CONTACT:

Bob Burkhardt
Tensegrity Solutions
Box 426164
Cambridge, MA 02142-0021
USA

e-mail: bobwb@juno.com

Tensegrity Press Releases and Photos