Finalist Assessment Studio 4


Date: December 2019
Size: NA
Material: Bamboo, electrical tape, twine

After studying previous designs and experimentation, work began on a final experiment of bamboo that would lead into a piece for the Winter Cabaret show in Week 11 of the term. To strengthen each of the edges of the first cube, two shorter bamboo sticks were joined together. This created some disparity in the straightness of the edges, but something that could be worked with due to the natural material. Electrical tape bound these together to form a stronger bond. Each of these partnered sticks were then combined together, once again using electrical tape, to form the shape of a cube. As previously experimented, the bamboo could not be held with only string, and the electrical tape stuck out like a sore thumb against the natural wood.

Martin Puryear uses twine and bamboo to create large, bulbous shaped sculptures. Each of the joints in the bamboo can be found wrapped, strengthening the sculpture and creating a strong bond between traditions. Inspired by this, twine was introduced and wrapped around each of the joints. It was found that this wrapping added strength to each of the joints, as well as providing a flow between each of the elements of the cube. Parts of the cube were attached to the wall for safety, for if anyone knocked the piece, it would stay up. The nails were hidden with extra wrapped twine.

Due to the success of the cube with twine, it was decided that the sculpture was to wrap around the doorway, leaving room for a clear walkway and fire exit. This meant that the desired effect of participants having to squeeze through the space, inspired by Imponderabilia, could not be carried out. There could, however, be a certain level of engagement through the doorway. Throughout the creation of the sculpture, the previous drawn designs were followed and manipulated to be able to fit within the space that was available and the tension that could be built between the materials. Inspired by Tulio Pinto, each shape that was created had to balance, create and maintain tension, as well as provide support for another shape. Leading into the final editing of the sculpture, it was strong and would eventually hold plaster and jesmonite pieces. Being able to construct such a sculpture that wound itself around a doorway and through walls of a building with three simple materials was a challenge that was enjoyed.

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