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Be a structural engineer and create your own gravity-defying sculpture using the power of tension.


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Last updated: 29 April 2022

Author/s: ICE

Tensegrity is a word which was created by sculptor Kenneth Snelson when he worked with famous engineer Buckminster Fuller and is a combination of the words ‘tension’ and ‘integrity’.

Integrity in structures means strong and stable.
Tension is a ‘pull’ force – like when you stretch a piece of elastic.

Your challenge is to create a tensegrity structure where a solid shape is given integrity using strings.