The perforated aluminum "skin" that wraps around the Tampa Museum of Art
's upper levels and atrium creates a wavy moire pattern when viewed
in the heat of the day.
The wave emerges out of two layers of
one-eighth-inch thick metal panels positioned slightly off-center and
perforated by three-inch diameter holes spaced in straight rows just an
inch apart. Each of the 3,798 panels used to cover the building's
exterior is positioned precisely to bring out the sun's shine and the
sensation of a wavy current moving within.
Below is a slideshow presentation by 83 Degrees
Managing Photographer Julie Busch of the sights and
sounds inside the McNichols Company
as workers create such designer
metals for use by architects and builders all over the world.