Nyloïd is an impressive spider shaped tripod sculpture created by Switzerland’s André and Michel Décosterd. It consists of three long limbs, each six metres in length, brought to life by sophisticated mechanisms and audio devices. The material elasticity of each “leg” allows the sculpture to move, forming almost impossible curvatures that create a sensual and unexpected effect. It appears as if it was an animal about to rise, then retracting and contorting in sufferance, while also dancing to rhythms of the emanating sounds.
Nyloïd is probably the most important work created by the Décosterd brothers, a natural consequence and sum of their respective talents: architect Michel specializes in the treatment of plastic and is an entirely self-taught mechanical engineer; André is a musician, composer and programmer, a specialist in sound applications and algorithmic composition. Nyloïd is a simple and minimalist work in appearance, but complex and ultra-sophisticated in its development and production. It is the culmination of years of work carried out under the name Cod.Act.