Given the challenge of creating visual poetry to represent motion, I set out to brainstorm ideas, eventually deciding to make a cardboard sculpture embodying the concept of motion. I thought about stretching the limits of motion to the extremes — to time travel, vortexes, and wormholes — with my extensions and cylinders embodying the idea of traveling through a vortex, or wormhole, bypassing some of the limitations of time and space. On the other hand, I wanted to represent a wavelength and light in motion, creating a spiral and ascending cylinders to represent movement, but also creating permutations in space, making it a 3D-twisting wavelength vortex. Another possible idea developed by this sculpture is muscles — connecting to the joints and relaxing and contracting. This sound-light wave appears to levitate: an illusion created by the placement of the cylinders, and one can view the piece from different angles and explore different ideas, with a serpentine form.
I had to make design decisions throughout the creation process:
Deciding size and order of piece
Gluing serpentine shape first given that this will create different lengths of the extensions, and may lead to wasted time later on
Adding no extensions at the bottom to give a standing, levitating effect
Individually measuring extension length
Horizontal flat arcs as opposed to vertical arcs, which looked stagnant
Grain of extensions on cardboard facing side to better curve
My process was:
Concept generation and brainstorming
Testing smaller models
Rolling and gluing tubes
Gluing and shaping the sculpture
Measuring individual extensions
Cutting and assembling
Telling a narrative
(1) Initial ideas about anything representing motion, and I chose a sculpture to explore 3D possibilities. I brainstormed the many types of motion — from wavelength to wormhole to muscles. I developed a set of questions and design challenges to explore along the way.
(2) More brainstorming but now with a focus on creating a 3D sculpture with a serpentine structure shifting in 3D space.
(3) Cardboard being cut up into sheets of cardboard to be rolled up into a cylinder.
(4) Cut up cardboard sheets.
(5) Rolling up the cardboard sheets into cylinders to be put together with glue.
(6) Glued rolled-up cylinders.
(7) Assembling cylinders into a serpentine shape. I then realized I would need to glue it in 3D space so it would not be a flat structure, something I did later on.
(8) Adding the initial extensions, which were then made into horizontal forms as opposed to flat, vertical forms.
(9) Resulting glued-up 3D sculpture cylinders.
(10) Gluing horizontal extensions to cylinders.
(11) Final product.