Post 7: Two Alternative Designs

If you haven’t seen the first part of this post, I am planning on making a Ferris wheel complete with old photos from my hometown! The original aesthetic I am choosing is nostalgia, since I find myself to be a very sentimental person. The two aspects to this aesthetic that I wanted to highlight was the photos and the style of the Ferris wheel. Since I always had fond memories of the fair my town would hold, I wanted to model my Ferris wheel in the way that I remember the one from the fair. Since the photos themselves are not really going to change, the part of this project that I am willing to work with if the frame itself.

One of the alternative designs I wanted to try was a carnival aesthetic. When I think about a carnival, I think of very loud and flashy decor. This could translate to my wheel with a rainbow color scheme, gems, and small battery powered lights to complete the look. A sketch of my first draft can be seen below.

Another alternative was actually an aesthetic I’ve been writing about since the first week of class. The whole “nature fights back” aesthetic centers around nature reclaiming a space that has been previously occupied by humans. This applies to buildings, technology, and any other man-made obstacle that nature chooses to consume. I would apply this to my Ferris wheel by crocheting vines/plants and having them snake around the spokes of the wheel. The base would be completely covered in greenery, and the frames of the photos would look ragged and old. This is probably my favorite out of the two alternatives, but let me know if there is anything else I should consider!

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  • Anil Antony Karathra
    March 20, 2023 12:58 pm

    Hey Sam, this sounds pretty interesting. I’d love to see the Ferris wheel in the ‘nature fights back’ aesthetic. I think it would look pretty cool. Really looking forward to seeing which aesthetic you move forward with.

  • Ethan Street
    March 18, 2023 5:20 pm

    This is awesome! I think this is a really great idea and I cant wait to see how it turns out. Will you keep the crocheted stuff attached to the mechanism by being tied or another method? Do you think that will interfere with the movement at all?

    • Thanks Ethan! I’m planning to crochet around the cardboard and tie it to itself, rather than keeping one continuous “vine” that wraps around everything. That way, the movement won’t be hindered.

  • Aidan Shelburne
    March 15, 2023 11:07 am

    Very cool, thanks for sharing! I think you’ve done a great job of displaying how an aesthetic could change even without changing the fundamental structural form of the object.


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