As mentioned in my last update, my initial concepts of incorporating a plasma globe or electric arc were dissuaded against by Tim May. Moving forward, I am now focusing on creating a light display through use of a centralized object and light source. I intend for the central element to produce an interesting ambient lighting effect.
Luckily, instead of having to purchase the wood for the hourglass structure, I found a suitable piece of remnant wood in the ITLL workshop. I am planning on taking this piece to the CINC when there is availability to CNC cut the proper dimensions.
As for the hourglass portion of the design, I have had no luck in finding a used hourglass to scrap. Additionally, most hourglass forms are sealed on either end. This limits me from being able to install anything within the glass. While researching other options, I came across a Chemex coffee maker with essentially the same form as an hourglass. I think I will buy one this week in order to measure the correct dimensions for the CNC machine. I plan on cutting grooves for the edges of the glass so that it fits into the structure nicely.
For the three vertical columns that will run between the wood bases, I have not decided whether to use wood dowels or other means. However, once I purchase the Chemex I am hoping that the design will start to manifest toward my desired aesthetic.
More progress coming next week…