With carved egg shells and clay sculptures covered in egg shells as my initial inspirations, I set out to create a sculpture out of egg shells. Frankly, it was a masochistic challenge to my patience, but in the end, I feel proud and glad to have made something that is not necessarily useful but just nice to admire.
The final product resembles a mixture of the three images below. Nosinger’s white egg shell sphere which required a lot more care upon cracking the eggs; a lamp shade covered in egg shells; and an egg shell lamp mosaic.
I wanted to pursue a Postmodern Aesthetic that relies more on conceptual meaning. I consider my egg to represent the rebirth of something new. It shows that no matter how many pieces you may be broken into, and no matter how big or small those pieces may be, you’re able to rebuild yourself into something great.
Ideation – straight forward. Got my idea, figured out how to make it, got my materials, went right into it.
My main concern was whether the egg was going to hold up or not. The original idea was to blow up a balloon and cover it with egg shells as if I were doing so with papier-mache. Of course due to the sharp and brittle nature of eggs I decided against a bare balloon since upon removal of the balloon, the whole thing could fall apart. To solve this, I obtained a thin white cloth, which would represent the membrane of the egg, covered the balloon, and adhered my egg shells to it instead.
- egg shells (tanned and white)
- white cloth
- paint brush
- Elmer’s Glue
Also, not pictured, I used a plastic cup to hold my egg in place, a lid to pour the glue, and a hair tie to secure the cloth around the balloon.
To begin, I inflated a balloon and tightly wrapped it with the cloth. I broke the egg shells into smaller pieces and got to gluing. I either applied glue directly onto the cloth, onto the shells, or both depending on the size of the piece. I did this over and over throughout the whole surface, aiming to leave as little of the white cloth (the membrane) showing.
Since shells are inherently curved, I couldn’t simply glue them and place them on the curved surface of the balloon. As a result I found it easiest to put glue on some medium sized pieces and pressed them onto the surface. At one instance, however, the piece I pressed onto the balloon was slightly too sharp, and three days of work later, the balloon popped. I feared that the whole thing would fall in on itself but I was happy to learn that the structure was strong enough to hold it’s shape. In order to keep going I blew another balloon up within the half-shell, secured the cloth with the hair tie, and kept going.
Among the things that slowed me down were the drying glue and the creases in the cloth. If I accidentally tapped a wet shell, it and it’s neighboring pieces would come straight off. To help me move a little more quickly, I set up a small fan by my side to dry as I went along. Also, due to the folding nature of the cloth, I had to work harder on some areas to give it a smooth curvature along the balloon. I unfortunately was unable to make it entirely smooth since the shells were reluctant to press onto the cloth. In the end, I layered extra shells on the stubborn areas and gave it some form.
Museum installation with a black room full of them with a pulsating light so they look like they’re breathing. Maybe in different colors.
Make one in all white shells with different LEDs and program them to be different colors for different times of day. Dim orange in the evening, bright yellow in the morning, blue mid day.
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