The experimental nature of developing a design idea canlead to new avenues of exploration, which will often provideunforeseen and exciting results. Models can be a very usefulmedium through which to both generate and then furtherexplore ideas that may be subsequently applied across arange of scales. Considered as modes of inquiry, models acilitate the pursuit of novel ideas that may in turn lead todesign revisions and reﬁnement. In this example, wax is usedto investigate mass, volume and light.
1.A mould is created by pouring rubber around a wooden positive model.
2.The mould is then ﬁlled with melted parafﬁn wax
3.The cooled wax positive model is carefully removed from its mould.
4.The wax model is then evaluated under different lighting conditions, or backlitas in this image, to investigate the resultant effects and materiality.