Upcycle Final Report: John Lennon in Space

Upcycle Project: John Lennon in Space

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My project was originally going to be a bench made up of old skis and snowboards and some wood. However, after realizing I was not going to be able to obtain the necessary materials necessary for the ski bench, I had to quickly come up with another idea. This delay gave me less time to design my second project, yet I am still pleased with the outcome of John Lennon in Space.

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My project was inspired by old posters I had lying around my room. An old poster of space with an Albert Einstein quote on it that read, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world” has interesting resemblance to both the yin and yang sign and John Lennon holding up the peace sign. I liked the feeling of peace the art put off and John Lennon’s song “Imagine” came to my mind when I thought of putting him on the poster. Not only does the song “Imagine” go along with Albert Einstein’s quote for obvious reasons, but it also talks of world peace achieved through everyone becoming “dreamers”. I felt as though the yin and yang symbol had great relevance to this concept of “dreamers” vs “realists,” because the yin and yang symbolizes two forces coming together.

Although my vision for the project was somewhat unclear at the beginning of the project, I quickly came to a conclusion on what I wanted to do with it. I really liked the sense of peace the artwork represents and I thought it would be perfect for my apartment. I wanted to hang the piece from the ceiling but did not keep in mind that may cause the artwork to rotate, reviling its backside. While making the piece I did not keep this in mind, and as a result I did not make the backside of the piece aesthetically pleasing. Having a better design plan before working on the piece would have helped prevent this from happening.

My functional goals were a little thrown off after realizing hanging the piece would not be ideal, however, my goal of hanging the piece is my apartment is not lost. I figured if I were to tie two pieces of string to the piece it would prevent it from rotating while allowing it hang at the same time. As for the artistic goals, I am very pleased with how the art came out. I thought it looked good and showed little sign that it was one piece of art that came from many different posters.


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  • I definitely agree that switching projects in the middle can be a challenge. I thought you did a really good job with the final project though, and I agree that John Lennon fit the background and the quote really well. It ended up being something that I could definitely see people hanging up on their walls, and it will be awesome if you can find a way to mount it at your house!

  • Avery Anderson
    February 19, 2017 3:22 pm

    Scraping your original idea must have been tough, but I think you did a really good job on the poster. You really nailed your desired aesthetic. You made something that I would hang on my wall, and I’m fairly picky. Great job!

  • Super interesting project, really different than anything else the group made. Good ideas behind it and it felt like you nailed the aesthetic you were going for. I liked how abstract it was. Looking into other mounting options would totally benefit you.

  • Scott Lowenstein
    February 17, 2017 12:30 pm

    Philosophically, I love the idea of creating a poster piece featuring John Lennon. I am also a fan! It was interesting to hear your reflection of how you might design the poster to include a easier mechanism to hang it next time. I also like how you avoided seams by wrapping images towards the back of the poster. Great job!!

  • I enjoy that you were able to create an interesting upcycle project vision from a few sources. I think if you mounted it to something simple (cardboard?) would allow you to cover up the seams on the back of the piece. A second spin on your current design may help you showcase it well!

    Side note: Creating a ski bench/chair is actually super easy. I have made 4 of these, check it out: http://www.instructables.com/id/Build-a-Lawn-Chair-from-Recycled-Skis-the-Ski-Chai/?ALLSTEPS

  • Your first idea of a ski bench was really cool, but unfortunately it was too expensive to build one. I like how you kept in mind that you wanted hang up the poster at home. This made it so that it would be aesthetically pleasing.

  • I like that you mentioned that the Ying and Yang sign reminds you of two different forces with different backgrounds that need to come together in order to be productive. I love seeing an inspirational and artistic presentation and thought you did a great job. I think if you could get it to hang or even put it on your ceiling that would be really cool!

  • I like that you completely changed from your original idea after realizing that the ski bench would have been very expensive and not realistic. The new poster is very cool. I like your inspiration was the song “Imagine”. That’s a great song and singing for a good song. I also like the idea of space. It looks very cool.


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