Design Review 2: Octopus Statue

Above is the tentative timeline for my octopus statue. I’ve had to make a lot of adjustments to create a design I can make while at home. The design is very simple that way I can complete it this is something I’ve been planning since COVID-19 shut down the university. . The timelines shows how I will step by step build the statue. I do not know how I will make the joints yet I will have to figure that out once I have the tentacles made so I know how they will need to be pieced together.


3 large cardboard pieces


box cutter

paper for stencils

I plan on make the octopus have adjustable tentacle position so it is dynamic. I will do this by creating a joint between different sections of the octopus, if this does not work I will make them have different positions on the octopus body so they are still adjustable in some way.

The first step of which I will start this week is to paint the cardboard pieces like wood. Hopefully I’ll stick to my schedule and be finished by the end of April.


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  • Kaiya –

    This will be one of my in-depth critiques, following the professor’s critique format, I hope you find some of my feedback helpful and best of luck with your project, amidst the current events.

    Statement of meaning: I appreciate your commitment to making something dynamic, even though I suspect that most projects will not be meeting that requirement anymore.

    Artist Asks Questions: Let me know if you have any specific questions.

    Neutral Question: What other specific details describe your supplies: What kind of paint are you using? What type of box cutter is being used? And what other tools do you think will be needed to create your project?

    Permission opinion: I’m not this project can be very dynamic, as it seems static by nature, but due to the scope of the course changing, I think most of us are in the same boat.

    Good luck on your project.


  • Justin Engbrecht
    April 3, 2020 1:34 pm

    Hello again Kaiya! Following Dr. Hertzberg’s clarification that both Design Review posts should get in-depth critiques I thought it best for me to follow-up and give additional feedback to you, especially after the transformative shift brought about by the COVID pandemic.

    As a statement of meaning, I think it was wise to shift away from laser cutting, given the loss of access to ITLL and Idea Forge laser cutters due to the pandemic.

    Please let me know if you have any questions for me regarding your main project to fulfill the “Artist Asks Questions” step of Liz Lerman’s critiquing methods.

    As a neutral question, Do you still intend to cut intricate and curved tentacle shapes out of cardboard, and do you have experience doing so with a box cutter?

    I have a permissioned opinion about a paint color scheme you might want to apply to the cardboard pieces, if you would like to hear it.

    I’m really excited to see if you can achieve creating a sense of motion within your cardboard sculpture, emulating an octopus and its tentacles. Best of luck proceeding with this project, and I can’t wait to see the final product!

  • Benjamin Chang
    April 2, 2020 6:40 pm

    Hey Kaiya,

    I just wanted to say I hope that Covid doesn’t impede your abilities to greatly in creating something fun and memorable.

    As for a statement of meaning: I really appreciate how you went into detail prior to Covid in your execution of creating a fluid dynamic sculpture. However, know that things have changed, I hope you find a working solution to making your joints.

    As for a neutral question, given that before the manufacturing time would reduced greatly due to laser cutting, but now that cutting with laser may not be an option, what adjustments are you planning on making to compensate for this?

    And finally for a permission opinion, I would focus the attention towards the paintjob. If lights are taken off the table I would image a stellar paint job can be just as exciting.

    Overall Kaiya, I hope this project in the end turns out well and doesn’t cause too much stress. Im looking forward to seeing what comes forward!


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