3D UNIT VIII: Dynamics
studio fundamentals: To understand and experiment with the elements of "time, change, and motion" in the construction of three-dimensional forms.
concepts: To explore how sculptural form can be understood as the product of dynamic forces. To explore how different cultures have harnessed the wind for creative purposes.
technical: To introduce a range of methods for creating kinetic sculptures powered by the wind.
|Project Overview||Your challenge is to create a kinetic sculpture that is powered by the wind and alludes to a culture other than your own.|
|Lew Alquist, Umberto Boccioni, Alexander Calder, Hans Haacke, Ned Kahn, Vollis Simpson, Robert Smithson, Art at the Exploratorium, Whirlygigs and Papalotes.|
|Vocabulary||kinetic, aeolian, dynamic, phenomena, friction, airflow, "weathervaning," propellor, whirlygigs, papalotes|
|Materials for this project are open-ended.|
1. Before coming to class read the concept area of Border Crossing and the Unit VIII Discussion on Dynamics in the 3D matrix. Check out the Unit references.
2. Do some research in the library and on the Web in the area of "Whilygigs" or other "wind-powered" structures found world wide.
a) Make some initial "thumbnail sketches" of some whirlygigs you feel were successful from your research. Considering the requirement to "allude to a culture other than your own," what geographic location and images would be interesting to use?
b) Identify and design the key features that will make up the mechanical components of your whirlygig. Will you use a propellor...or would some other windcatcher be more appropriate (e.g., paddle wheels, flapping wings, a series of cups) for your design? What feature(s) will enable the sculpture to "weathervane" so that it faces into the wind?
c) How can the mechanical motion
of the whirlygig complement and be integrated with the imagery you have
selected? What materials, colors, supplemental surface markings, types
of connectors, symbolism, figuration are appropriate?
you have completed your sculpture, pair up with another artist and trade
critiques. Consider the following:
2. How does the whirlygig compare with other whirlygigs you have seen?
3. Discuss ideas the artwork seems to communicate. After some sharing of interpretations, attempt to describe the effect of the work in one sentence. (This artwork is about...)
Your notebook should include
2. Your design process (drawings, computer-printouts, photos, etc).
3. Supplemental materials (receipts, notes about techniques or materials)
4. Documentation of the final work and, if possible, a video clip of your whirlygig in operation. Consider translating video clip into "Quicktime" movie suitable for viewing over the Web.
The above project was developed by Dan Collins.
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