Ribbed Surfaces for Art, Architecture, and Visualization
Sequences of parameterized Hermite curves following with their endpoints along two guide rails are used to create "transparent" surfaces and tubular sculptures. This parameterized set-up allows modeling a wide variety of shapes in a natural way by just changing a few parameters. Potential applications range from mathematical visualization models to architecture.
James F. Hamlin and Carlo H. Séquin. "Ribbed Surfaces for Art, Architecture, and Visualization". Computer-Aided Design and Applications, 6(6):749–758, June 2009.