Final Show Preparation
21 July 2013
I have begun to focus all works towards the final show. I am working on various pieces and still experimenting with the combinations of materials. I’m going to incorporate kinetic sculptures into my show as these have been well reviewed over the year.
Bronze Pouring of Tripod Legs
22 July 2013
Today we poured the bronze for my main final show piece, a bi plane titled ‘Taking Off’. It’s really exciting and definitely a great moment when the bronze is melted and you watch it flow it into the mould. The legs will form a tripod and I carved the sand so it takes the shape I specifically want.
Take a look on us pouring the molten bronze on this You Tube video.
Plane research Science Museum
21 July 2013
I’ve been researching the early days of flying. The worlds first ever flight was in a hot air balloon that nearly caught on fire, the Montgolfier balloon, which I am also creating in bronze.
At the Science Museum they have a whole gallery devoted to flight. The models there are really interesting and are a big influence on my work.
Wright Brothers Bi-Plane
23 July 2013
Focusing upon the final show I’ve started to create the wooden bi-plane. The amazement of flying, the recent headlines surrounding the Dreamliner, my own long flight to Japan all led to me researching ‘flight’.
I discovered interesting facts, the Wright brothers started with gliders then moved to powered flights. The planes were crazily dangerous with the fuel line running directly underneath the one passenger – the pilot!
I found this quote very interesting:
“They also realized that trial-and-error with different wings on full-size gliders was too costly and time-consuming. Putting aside the three-wheel bicycle, they built a six-foot wind tunnel in their shop and conducted systematic tests on miniature wings from October to December 1901. The “balances” they devised and mounted inside the tunnel to hold the wings looked crude, made of bicycle spokes and scrap metal, but were “as critical to the ultimate success of the Wright brothers as were the gliders.” (New World Encyclopedia.org)
The plane is fairly large scale with 7 foot wings. I’ve ordered propellers and am making a rudder. Bronze is going to be combined into the work. It’s based upon a model airfix bi plane – Kitty Hawk.
Researching rope bridges…
30 July 2013
I have been researching Rope bridges as they have an aesthetic of the Low-fi which I like. I came across artist Steve McGhee a digital artist who is obsessed with catastrophes. One image he created particularly stood out to me. It looks horrendous and is on an enormous scale but visually very powerful.
Copyright Steve McGhee
Rope Bridge Creation
3 August 2013
I have sourced a type of rope that I feel aesthetically works with my idea of the rope bridge and have started to create that element of my final show. The plane is also reaching a level of completion.
9 August 2013
Embarking on painting the plane is rather daunting as I want the finish of the plane to be totally perfect. I’ve begun to add brass screw eyes and I’m individually colouring the screws I’m using.
I’ve sourced a garden furniture wood stain, Country Cream to colour the back wings and the rudder but am very hesitant to go ahead and colour the main wings. I’m edging the plane with Sanderson antique gold and liquid leaf. The main wings in the centre are deep mahogany. So many choices!!!
Final Show Preparation
10 August 2013
I have been working on making the propellers spin and am now in the process of hiding the cable. Some visitors came to my workshop and we spoke about the positioning of the plane on the rope bridge, how it will look like its crashed… Possibly…