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Vertigo

   by Christina Haislip and Coffield King, Jennifer King for Build A Dream (2014)

We started with a few sketches and a 3d model of a man falling. The model was digitally sliced into 3/32" thick layers (the thickness of the Mystery Build box) with each layer then arranged over the flattened box surfaces. Without access to a laser cutter, we hand cut each piece with X-acto blades and then glued them together to physically reassemble the man. Views of the model were projected from overhead during the assembly process to ensure proper alignment of each layer. Holes were drilled through the hands in preparation for our wire 'ropes.'

The birds were mocked up with scrap paper ahead of time to determine the minimal amount of paper required to adequately represent each animal. The arms and legs of the disassembled mannequin with a bit of left over chipboard from the box worked well as a diaphragm on which to glue the paper 'feathers. The wire legs¯ were attached and the diaphragms were painted white prior to gluing the fragile paper strips.

Long lengths of wire were attached as ropes¯ to the falling man, and the sculpture was hung upside down with the thread provided. The birds were attached in this inverted configuration and the composition arranged to balance gravity, create tension, and evoke a sense of motion.

We were interested in exploring the underlying spirit of a dream; that which pushes the balance between aspiration and nightmare. We felt this was best represented with the ideas of flying and falling, which are common themes in dreams and evoke emotions ranging from elation to terror.

Once we settled on this flying and falling theme, we felt strongly that the overall sculpture should not look heavy or grounded. Our goal was to make it light and airy like a mobile with no base to hold it down.

Any cat fur included in the final creation is unintentional. Please do not consider it as an additional material, but rather a consequence of living with fluffy beasts.

 


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