This design is the result of an adaptation of a parametric definition created for something completely different: a steel bracelet for a wrist watch.
It proves how interesting it is to experiment with quantity and scale - which I believe it's one of the greatest benefits that creative designers can get from working with parametric models.
The blocks have variable height - set through a custom curve (graph mapper in Grasshopper) - and other adjustable geometric parameters (offset sharp corner, corner radius, etc.) that can be driven through attractors.
All the blocks have the same length, and are kept together through steel bars - much like steel bracelets. The detail is not very noticeable but adds some interesting detail and realism.
The 3D model uses SubD modeling techniques combined with mesh booleans. The rendering was done in Blender using Cycles, with the block thickness simulated through a Solidify modifier.
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