It would seem that i am in a similar state of indecision to a few others in class. I have explored a few inspirations but have yet to come close to settling into a final design decision. Any feedback is appreciated!
- Sheet Metal Art
My mom recently remodeled her kitchen and in the process she removed a big, beautiful sheet metal was attached to a counter top and served as the a raised bar area. It is about 10 feet long and 3 feet wide with a a really interesting brushed finish on all sides. Now it is sitting in the backyard, waiting to be recycled. Continuing the theme of upcycling, I was speculating how I could use this to make some kind of artwork by waterjet cutting out an image (or something else) from the flat profile. A couple examples are shown below. The challenge here is that I have yet to determine how I could make the design dynamic and promote the same aesthetic. Any suggestions are welcome!
Source: Google Image search: https://www.google.com/search?q=sheet+metal+artwork&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiV5dyImLfSAhUH1WMKHahwAQ4Q_AUICCgB&biw=1440&bih=694#imgrc=Arhhx1BqytP4xM:
Another concept was creating a wind sculpture, perhaps out of the same metal. Perhaps some combination of both ideas? See some examples below.
Source: Google Image search: https://www.google.com/search?q=kinetic+art&biw=1440&bih=694&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwji4pXtl7fSAhVJyGMKHRhpBkkQ_AUIBygC#tbm=isch&q=wind+sculpture&*&imgrc=t9HmPydE8SmGgM:
2) 3D Printer
The second concept I have explored was making a 3D printer from a kit and then building the housing for it. Since most of the 3D printer kits are pretty bare bones, this would be a great opportunity to build one, something I have been wanting to do anyway, and then create an aesthetic to wrap the functional elements in.
The Prusa i3 is a common example of a reliable 3D printer that can be built from a kit and would offer the exoskeleton for the aesthetic to envelop the device itself.
3) Bamboo Fly Fishing Rod
Another concept I have kept on the shelf for a few months is fabricating a bamboo fly rod. I have also wanted to do this for a while now and the well fabricated examples are not only beautiful but functional as well!