Falling Water a.k.a Dripping Water
by Ellis Payne for Re-Invent a Work of Art (2013)
Inspiration Piece: Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water Residence
Inspiration Artist: Frank Lloyd Wright Architect
The following project items were made from materials in the MysteryBuild Kit as follows:
A. The house was built using a part of the kit’s corrugated box as a base. It was primed and painted. The four house foundation piers were made by cutting one of the walnut hardwood blocks into four pieces. Other walnut pieces were cut to for the vertical exterior wall sections and were detailed to look like stone veneer. The piece of plywood was primed, painted and flagstone detailed for the first level floor. Cardboard from the kit box was cut into narrow strips and used for the deck short perimeter walls and painted white on both sides. Cardboard was also used for other parts of the house. The small thin walnut pieces were used for various second and third level decks and roofs. Some were again detailed to appear as a flagstone floor. All cardboard and wood pieces were glued together using the white glue. Pieces of sky were cut from the instruction sheet and used to simulate the reflection of sky in the contemporary glass windows.
B. The simulated stone ledges were all made by placing Saran Wrap over rocks from our yard to prevent the wet newsprint paper from sticking. The saturated newsprint paper slivers were coated with white glue, left to dry and removed to form the stone ledges. These were then primed and detailed with paint. Certain pieces were then glued to the kit box.
C. The old water pipe and spigot were made by forming an armature with the wire. They were stuffed with small pieces of cardboard from the kit, modeled with the Chavant clay and painted with silver water based paint. Extra wire was inserted into the pipe to allow the pipe and faucet to stand upright. This assembly was inserted into a hole in the rock ledge to sit on a cardboard and walnut wood support, which were made from left-over pieces.
D. The figure of Frank Lloyd Wright was modeled on a wire armature using the Chavant clay and painted.
E. The ladders were made using the four wood dowels which were drilled to receive the rungs. The rungs were made by tightly twisting three strands of wire together, cutting to length, inserting them into the holes and gluing
them in place with a touch of hot-melt glue.
F. The trees with autumn foliage were first drawn and painted on the rigid canvas board then cut out with a jig-saw. They were then glued on to cardboard painted simulated tree trunks which were supported with pieces of wire. The pine trees were painted on the piece of canvas, cut out and supported in the back with a glued on piece of wire which allowed them to stand vertically
G. All the small rocks and stones were modeled using the Sculpy and Chavant clays and hand painted to detail rocks.
H. Weeds and container plants on the deck were made by unbraiding the fiber rope into single strands or bunches of fibers. The deck plants were touched with tiny drops of heat-melt glue to suggest flowers and painted. They sit in clay made containers.
I. Water and water falls were made from both the transparent pellets and hot-melt glue drops. The water drops in the spigot were made the same way using larger formed amounts of material from the pellets. Areas of the stream were created using a gloss finish hand applied. The title Falling Water a.k.a. Dripping Water was chosen with humor in mind. The “larger to scale” figure of Frank Lloyd Wright is to depict him as a giant of his time in the field of architecture. In this scene, Mr. Wright, who has discovered the importance of water conservation, is seen climbing the ladder on his way to turn back the amount of water flowing from the spigot. This necessitates changing the name from Falling Water to Dripping Water.
There is a 3.5 minute sound video #1 Windows Media and a MP4 verson.
Also enclosed is a "beauty photo."