3D UNIT V: Scale and Context
|Project VB||Site-Specific Word|
studio fundamentals: To introduce the concepts of scale, proportion, and context.
concepts: To explore the ability of sculptural form to convey "meaning."
technical: To introduce methods for moving easily between scales such as pattern making.
|Project Overview||Your challenge is to create a large-scale, "site-specific" sculpture from a letter or a word.|
|Jenny Holzer, Charles Simonds, Walter De Maria, Andy Goldsworthy, Claes Oldenberg, Chartres Cathedral, Nazca lines, Christo, Robert Indiana, Art and Language Group, Isamu Noguchi, Statues of Easter Island, Stonehenge, Eero Saarinen, Robert Smithson, Nancy Holt, Walter De Maria, Jody Pinto, Agnes Denes, Harvey Fite, Simon Rodia, Borobudur, Hitching Post of the Sun, Ian Hamilton Finley, The Great Image of Buddha, Maya Lin, Laurie Lundquist|
|Vocabulary||scale, size, proportion, context, pattern, grid system, abstraction, site-specific, found object,|
|A scale model of your letter or word. A found object (optional). Use "dress maker paper" for patterns from non-planar objects. Construction paper or white butcher paper for grids. Large pieces of corrugated cardboard will be used for "blow ups" of planar forms. Latex house paint is cheap and works well as an undercoat... For organic forms, use materials such as cloth and sewing materials, styrofoam, construction adhesive or polyethelene sheeting and electric fan (for inflatable structures).|
2. In-class exercise: Make a single letter or number into a 3D object 2" - 4" high out of construction paper. Translate this word/object into a scale model at least 4 times the size of the original from corrugated cardboard. (See guidelines for moving between scales).
a) Consider sites within walking distance from the classroom that hold some interest for you. Make a list of possible sites for a "site-specific sculpture."
b) After visiting at least three of your possible sites, select one as the basis for your project. Try to visit the site at different times of day. Observe how people use the site. You might interview people and get their reactions to the site. Try to find out something about the history and uses of the site. Write a description of your site (two page maximum; put into your notebook).
c) Using your description as a source, generate a list of letters and words that somehow relate to the site. Consider how the concept of "protesting or persuading" may be utilized in this project.
d) Select one letter or word as the
basis for your project. This word should relate in some way to your selected
site--as a label or sign, as an historical reference, as a humorous critique,
j) In your notebook, include documentation
of your word/object as both a stand-alone piece and as a "site-specific"
Optional: Include a blow up of a sculptural
"found object" as part of your word/object (e.g., An actual
sculptural hammer next to the word "Hardware" in 3D).
When you have completed
your sculpture, pair up with another artist and trade critiques. Consider
2. How effectively did the artist negotiate the design process?
3. Discuss ideas the artwork seems to communicate. After some sharing of interpretations, attempt to state the "message" of the design in one sentence. (This artwork is about. . .)
Your notebook should include the following:
2. Initial description of site.
3. Your design process (documentation of original object, method used to move between scales, drawings, computer-printouts, photos).
4. Supplemental materials (receipts, notes about technique or materials)
5. Documentation of the final work--both stand-along and on site.
6. One page description of the Final project.
The above project was developed by Dan Collins.
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