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160 Project Example: Further Examples

AD 160: Physical Structures

Project Example: Further Examples


(the following examples apply to AD 160: Physical Structures but have not been developed into a full project description and rubric as in the preceding examples)

  • Human Motion: Interpret the human body in motion using a line in space, such as wire. (volume, motion, dynamic/static, gravity, weight, balance, tension, equilibrium)

  • Dynamic/Static Line: Create drawings with graphite on paper that describe the same shape or pose, but with contrasting techniques of contour (static) and gesture (dynamic). (motion, dynamic/static, torsion)

  • Rectilinear Growth: Create a design on illustration board with colored papers and rubber cement emphasizing the idea of growth and progression. The cut paper may only be rectilinear in shape. (growth, progression, equilibrium, balance)

  • Manipulating Gravity: Create a series of three designs using printmaking - linoleum block or etching on Plexiglas, printed with a brayer on paper. The designs should be 1) interpreting gravity; 2) inverting gravity; 3) changing the attitude of gravity (such as a top view or a 45 degree angled view). (motion, gravity, balance, torsion)

  • Massless: Create a form using a required quantity of clay that gives the impression of ‘lacking mass.’ Armatures may be used for support in thin or narrow areas. (volume, gravity, weight, mass, balance, elasticity, density, tension, torsion, equilibrium)

  • Impossible Balance: Create a form using wire and foamcore only (no adhesives) that gives the impression that it should fall over, but is actually stable. (gravity, weight, balance, tension, equilibrium)

  • Noise Box: Create a box with a hand-crank operated mechanism that results in some sort of sound coming from within the box. The box does not have to be made from scratch (a cardboard box or wooden crate could be used), nor does it have to be cubic in shape, but the mechanism should not be visible. (volume, motion, density, tension, torsion, potential energy, friction)

  • Entropy in 60 Seconds: Create a Keynote/PowerPoint presentation that lasts 60 seconds. Using photographic imagery only (can use the laptop’s built-in camera), show the progression of entropy from a controlled state to an entropic state (or vice versa). A minimum of 15 slides must be used. Consider situations such as freezing/thawing, burning, mixing (liquids or granular materials), rusting, and smoke. (time, progression, potential energy, entropy)

  • Not What It Seems: Create a form using string and wooden dowels (no adhesives, including tape) that appears to be a stable form. When touched by a viewer, however, the form should change shape in a malleable way (imagine a spring in a compressed and uncompressed state). The ‘touch’ by the viewer should not require significant force. (gravity, balance, compression/expansion, elasticity/rigidity, tension, torsion)

  • My Light, Your Light: (perhaps a final project) As a group project, create a public art proposal for a large-scale form that will alter the light in an area. The light may be altered by shifting the color, the direction, or even completely obscuring the light (shadows). Photograph a location and develop the proposal through many iterations. The form should be location specific to the site chosen. Material options should be explored in relation to the proposed construction of the form. The finished product of the project is a formal proposal (printed or Keynote/PowerPoint presentation). A model or maquette may be constructed (or required). (everything!)

  • 3D from 2D: Create a structure that emphasizes height using only 16 sq. feet of corrugated cardboard (or foamcore) and glue. The focus of the project is on effective design with the simultaneous intention of creating the most height possible given the material. It must be freestanding upon completion. (volume, gravity, weight, balance, density, tension, equilibrium, friction)

  • Lines in Balance: Create a series of two designs with black lines on illustration board using markers or fine tip pens (could also be done with thin strips of black paper and adhesive). The designs may only consist of lines (though the thickness can vary). The first design should evoke a sense of balance, equilibrium, or stasis. The second design should evoke a sense of imbalance. (dynamic/static, balance, tension, equilibrium)

  • An Empty Book: Design and construct a book with blank pages. Materials may be virtually anything but common materials would be a variety of papers, vellum, plastic sheeting, metal sheeting, fabric, sewing materials, nuts and bolts, adhesives, tape, and found objects. The book must be usable upon completion, so the binding must be secure whether it is sewn, ringed, glued, or bolted. The design should express concerns of compression and expansion – how does the appearance of the book change when it is open as opposed to when it is closed. (volume, weight, mass, compression/expansion, elasticity/rigidity, tension, torsion, stress/release, friction)

  • Deceiving Trompe l’oeil: Create a form that mimics an object as closely as possible in appearance but is completely opposite than the actual object in size, weight, and/or density. A shoe that is three feet long or a feather that weighs three pounds would be basic examples of shifting scale (shoe) and weight/density (feather). Materials may include plaster, clay, and a wide range of other malleable materials. The design should emphasize the proportions of the original object, so the actual object must be present (this cannot be done successfully from photographs alone). The finished form should be able to be handled by an audience without damage. (volume, weight, mass, density)


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