the word "tensegrity
" is an invention: a contraction
of "tensional integrity". Tensegrity decribes a structural-relationship principle
in which structural shape is guarenteed by the finitely closed, comprehensively continuous
, tensional behavior
s of the system and not by the discontinuous and exclusively local compressional member of behaviors. Tensegrity provides the ability to yield
increasingly without ultimately
breaking or coming assunder
Tensegrity is the physical phenomena that produces a stable geometric structure with solid members that are arranged in tandem with tense metal cables. The solid members of this system do not touch or support each other directly.
Kenneth Snelson was the first artist to create works dealing with tensegrity. Although Buckminster Fuller takes credit for "inventing" tensegrity, he only coined the name, while Snelson translated it into life. Snelson's works can be seen throughout America because he refuses to send his work abroad.