When I first started this project I had a very strong idea of what experience I wanted the viewer to have. Throughout the process of creating this piece of art, the actual design has changed multiple times, but the original intent has always stayed the same.

When I set out on the project I had two goals in mind, I wanted to highlight the old arrow shafts that I had from my grandfather, and to create a dynamic piece that not only changed with the LED light source coming through, but changed depending on the viewing angle the user had. I believe I was able to accomplish both of these goals. Some pictures of the piece viewed at different angles can be seen below.

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When looking at the piece you can get a variety of perspectives on it due to the difference in arrow heights and placement in the array of lights. However, there still remains a level of symmetry in the piece which creates patterns when viewed. Additionally, by leaving the arrow shafts bare (unpainted), a level of individuality shown through for each arrow as each one had a different outward finish as well as different hue of color shining through. In the end an extremely individualistic yet uniform design came to life.

With respect to expo and having the piece viewed by the public, it was received rather well. The changing colors caught the attention of many passersby, and I had a lot of people interested in the design of the piece and wanted to know the story behind it. Overall I would call it a successful venture.

Reflecting back on the semester and what I have learned, I think the biggest thing that stands out to me is that you need to make sure to have a strong functional base to your product in order to let your design shine through. While I did a decently good job at prototyping the part, I should have put more thought into how I would assemble everything together. I knew that I wanted to keep a part detachable so that I could reach underneath if something went wrong, but never really thought about it until I had finished the design. As a result, the back plate does not sit completely flush on the rest of the body letting some light leak through. If I were to do this project again I would put more thought into the entire assembly of the piece.

In the end I was very happy with my end product and think I was able to get a nice, polished end result. Moving forward, I think I would like to give the piece to my grandfather this summer when I see him for his birthday. He was the one who got me into archery, and in many ways was the inspiration behind this project so I can see no better place for this piece to call home.

 

 

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  • Samantha Maierhofer
    Tyler Smyth
    May 4, 2016 4:51 pm

    Your project turned out amazing! I did not expect it to have such a beautiful array of colors coming out of the tubes, and I did not realize the arrows where aluminum until you told me. My mom also enjoyed your project too, she thought it was very pretty and something she could hang in your home!

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  • Samantha Maierhofer
    Roshan Misra
    May 1, 2016 5:54 pm

    Sami! I still can’t say often enough how awesome I think your final project is! I think the variety in perspectives that you see and shifts in the color, as well as just how professional and clean the final product look are something to be proud of! The unfinished arrow shafts give it personality and its definitely a great piece. It’ll be a great gift for you grandfather too!!

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  • I love your arrow shaft art piece, it’s for sure one of the most creative ideas in the class. The wave pattern you made with different length shafts truly gives it depth and makes it stand out.

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  • Samantha Maierhofer
    Ashley Zimmerer
    April 27, 2016 6:31 pm

    I really like this. Every angle I looked at it from was so cool and dynamic. I like that you left the shafts unpainted, it really does give the each piece individuality. For me, thinking about assembly is usually an afterthought, too. Usually I’m so excited about the project that I just assume it’ll all go together just fine. If only that were the case. Awesome job with your project!

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  • Samantha Maierhofer
    Peter Brunsgaard
    April 27, 2016 5:00 pm

    Sami, I wholeheartedly agree that you accomplished your goal. The piece turned out really clean and would be a great and meaningful gift to your grandfather. It always surprises me how much design it takes to account for every possibility in a project. As you mentioned, the individuality of the each arrow head’s color and brightness really made the art piece exceptional.

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