I’ve been experimenting using some good old reflective card to create 3D shapes that could mirror well as collective components to a larger shape.
I started off with just the outer shell and got a bit carried away with this initial shape and how it worked with my reflective pattern sheet:
This one is my favourite because with the addition of the outer reflectivity an illusion is created whereby only the edges of the 3D shape is visible. The rest of the shape looks like it’s semi-transparent and showing the underlying pattern when it is actually a reflection of the pattern around all sides including the inside. I really like this aspect and would love to play around with it some more if I get the time.
Moving on, I started making smaller pyramids to fit inside the large shell to try and recreate a tesselated look without a 2D pattern. Here’s how I constructed it:
And here’s a better view of the final structure – a sort of open-ended pyramid filled with smaller pyramids which were also open-ended:
It’s nothing major and only a small tester model but on a large-scale I think it could look really good. I noticed that with there being gaps between some of the edges it wasn’t such a bad thing as it allowed light to come in through the back and illuminate the inner space and so allowing the reflections, symmetry and geometry to show more clearly. It’s especially nice to look closely as if being enclosed by the reflected walls and getting an impression you could be encompassed by this structure. If it was life-size, sitting inside would be quite entrancing I think.
In a way it would be really good to be able to create many different pieces that reflect the developments in my research but that would be like setting up a massive exhibition of my own! (Maybe one day)
We still don’t know for sure how much space we get for our individual work in the end of year MA show. I’m hoping to get a proto-type completed soon so that I can not only know for myself what scale would work best but also use the proto-type to indicate scale and usability to others.