For the inspiration for my main project I looked to what my favorite things are. I wanted to really like what I’m creating since I’d be working on it for so long. That’s when I came to the octopus, I have always been fascinated by their tentacles, ability to camouflage, and ability to essentially shape shift so they can fit into tiny crevices. I then thought how will I create this and found the aesthetic of wood statues.
Wood statues have a fluid look but are stationary and this is something I thought would work well with an octopus because the flowing tentacles always look like fluid.
For the form of the piece I thought of different methods but came to laser cutting cardboard pieces and looked to the internet for similar animal laser cut statues. I then found a rhino that was laser cut in interlocking parts to form the 3D head.
I then thought a way to make this look like wood would be to engrave a wood pattern into the cardboard pieces.
Below is an attachment of the pieces of the head and tentacles, and the overview of the whole statue
This is the first version of the tentacle done in Rhino
To make the statue dynamic I will use led strips this will work best with flat pieces that give the illusion of of movement. The LED strips will change lights as time passes and will be placed where suction cups will be .