Friday, September 14, 2007
Sunday, September 09, 2007
I recently finished the third piece in my seasonal stump series. This one will be called Summer and also function as a bird bath. It will be in the Art of the Earth show on Tuesday Sept. 18th at UTPA.
One more to go that will be made from wood.
At the suggestion of the new UTPA art club president the theme for the first Art Walk of the year was to make an interactive diorama. I decided that instead of doing a traditional scene in a box I would create an image that worked kind of like shadow puppets.
I cut out a window in a cardboard box and taped in tissue paper as a screen. On the inside I placed paper cutouts of robots, clouds, lightning and rubble. It took some trial and error with the light on to figure out how to get good silhouettes with both clarity and depth. I added red tissue paper in the background for some additional color. To make the diorama interactive I wired a button into the front of the box with a sign and and arrow that read "PUSH for the Robot Invasion." When the button was pushed, the light came on. When the button was released it was just a black box with a white screen.
It was wonderful to hear the laughter of the viewers as they pushed the button and the image was revealed. The best part was that I sold the piece that night.