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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Big Fun Or Size DOES Matter

This week we're taking a look at a recent project from my Fundamentals of Sculpture class. As a Graphic Design major our focus is on creating visuals using only two dimensions. I enrolled in this class because I was interested in exploring this so-called "3rd Dimension" that I've heard so much about, and was eager to see if it lived up to the hype.

Our task was to take an ordinary household object and build a copy of it up to ten times it's original size. The object was to be made entirely out of cardboard and other commonly available packaging materials. My object of choice was of course, a lovely and delicate ball-peen hammer. No home should be without one.

My completed hammer stands just shy of ten feet in height. It has a 1.25" diameter PVC pipe for internal support with "ribs" designed to support the outer skin of the handle, and to give it some ergonomic contours, approximating those found on a real hammer handle. Single faced cardboard sheets were then wrapped around, one section at a time, to create a simulated wood appearance.    
The hammer head consisted of six different parts. Then it was covered with duct tape for a metallic look. The work was completed over a ten day period. The hammer build ended up occupying every room in my apartment! 

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