photo credit: Ed Lee; larger image
This "tensegrity" sculpture by Kenneth Snelson is made of steel tubes and wire and completely separates its tension and compression members. To see the whole structure and its surroundings, click here. You can find more examples of his work at Kenneth Snelson.
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Soda Straw Tensegrity Structures
Soda Straw Tensegrity Structures shows how to make your own tensegrity structures out of straws, rubber bands, and paper clips. For a larger-scale project, check out how to build a tensegrity coffee-table.