Link to my presentation slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1DM0aey_1q6RIds068RZOfYfKH4jdVQJKWEgBVGR2gP8/edit?usp=sharing
Link to my video presentation : https://youtu.be/V3vBUwSVPpM
For my Upcycling project I decided to start the design process by first picking the materials. I had to carboard tubes about to be recycled thus I decided to use those. Then I saved a box I had laying around as I knew it could be of good use later. In the end my materials included the following:
- 5 Cardboard Tubes
- Part of a cardboard box
- Half a pack of staples
- 2 hot glue sticks
- A 2018 used NASA Calendar
- One can of black spray paint
One of my inspirations came from geometric 3D patterns and biomimicry specifically the hexagonal slots left by bees in their hives. Perhaps the main inspiration from my project was the cosmos, the beauty of the universe, starts black holes constellations and galaxies, I picked this because I am very passionate about space. Lastly my inspiration from the structure came from geometric sculptures without any splined lines specifically triangles and quadrilateral shapes.
The design was really born in class when asked to draw our upcycling project as seen in the sketches below. I was satisfied in the end because I do see a similarity.
The construction process began by cutting the five cardboard tubes not rings (about 80 of them) I stapled them together and created fur meshes that could then fit around a parallelogrammic frame made from cardboard strips. I painted the rings and frame black because I thought it would be more difficult to see the defects and it would suit the space theme.
I believe this project falls onto the category of modern art sculpture, and ambient lighting with a space theme. Among the pictures I chose from the calendar are a solar flare, the Crab nebula, a gas wave from the Perseus Galaxy and airglow viewed in low earth orbit.
I titled my project “The Light Box” since it has cosmic events dealing with light in the inside. The box is best seen in the dark as the pictures can be seen more clearly.