Monday 31 March 2014

Another Sculpture

Another sculpture to add to the collection. This time I thought I would post without the 'how', and just see what the response is:

Conductor's Arm - Taken from Part 1 - Requiem

I've been thinking more about how these sculptures could be represented physically. While I'm not saying this example is structurally sound (there are still some free floating shapes!), I hope it communicates how something like this could be constructed.

The colours are arbitrary, but for future examples, I think that this is something that could come from the mood of the music.

So what are peoples thoughts on this?


Ethan Shilling


  1. Hey Ethan,

    That's very exciting to see this, so thanks so much for translating all my garbled instructions! I know this is a 'maquette', so I'm not going to weigh in with a bunch of 'couldn't it be more like'... but in purely sculptural terms, I think the 'petals' (for want of a better word) need to be bigger and more expressive in terms of their scale, so it feels really 'there' - this might be an instance of using four or three much thinner supports, and making the 'thing' much more expansive and therefore 'open' on top.

    Really looking forward to seeing that turnaround, Ethan!

    Some more 'what ifs' and garbled instructions then - could you do a version for me when the flattened curves are left as solid shapes (so just like flat 'splats'), but the various iterations of the curve are combined like this:

    I know they're not going to sit together symmetrically like this - but it's that sense of a single 3D form as created by the flat curves that I'm interested in seeing happen. I know too that there might be some 'unattached' forms, as the curves create sections that float away from the main shape, but if these could be 'reattached' using some kind of thin stem or sprue (as if welded on afterwards?), that would be interesting to see.

    Does this make sense?

    I'd also like to see you explore a construction system like this:

    I.e. when slices of the same curve are gridded together like this - nightmarish, no doubt, but if anyone can work this out, it's you!

    Let me know - and many thanks, Ethan, for continuing to drive these project forwards so creatively!


  2. oh yeah - are you able to name this trial in accordance with its curve and section of music? Just for everyone's ease of reference. Thanks!