Project 1.3: Shadow Form

August 21, 2012

This project has two main parts

Part One: Drawing

Introduction: Drawing

In project 1.2 we developed an understanding of the relationships between volume, “site,” and projections (or the transformation between two and three dimensions as registration of movements). In this part of the project we build upon our investigation of transformations in the construction of a single drawing that combines all traces of the sequential movements of the wire-form volume as well as the “scaffolding. This drawing collapses both the space and time of the discrete movements onto a single plane. In this act of drawing there are many decisions to be made that challenge one to consider scale, depth, sequence, hierarchy, etc. This drawing is important, as it acts as an archive of a process.

Objectives: Drawing

To produce a single drawing that combines all twelve sequential shadow drawings.
Some questions for consideration:

  1. What is the relationship between the drawings, and how do you begin to establish hierarchies within the plane of a single cumulative or combined drawing?
  2. What are the relationships between the shadows of the “scaffolding” and the shadows of the “wire-form” volume? How are these differentiated or integrated in the space of the drawing?

Constraints: Drawing

  1. The cumulative/collapsed shadow drawing must be constructed with a ruler and pencil.
  2. The drawing must not omit any lines from the previous shadow drawing.
  3. The drawing be executed on a single sheet of A3 Vellum.

Part Two: Drawing

Introduction: Model

In the final transformation, you will use the collapsed or cumulative shadow drawing to produce a model. You are challenged to develop rigorous methods that inform this transformation from drawing to model.

Objectives: Model

Using this drawing you are asked to produce a volumetric model made out of balsa members. You will need to develop a systematic method in order to determine the transformation from the two dimensional traces into a self supporting volumetric model.

  1. What is the relationship between the cumulative drawing and the balsa wood model?
  2. How do discrete wood members connect in the model and how do these discrete members negotiate the continuity the line and history of your process?

Constraints: Model

  1. The volumetric balsa wood model must be able to stand on its own (e.g. self supporting) and rest on no more than three points.
  2. There must be a visible relationship between the cumulative drawing and the model.