The making of:
COLORS OF THE SUN
an installation project
Colored cellophane sheets, cardboard, light
This installation was an assignment for my DSGN 102 [Design II: 3-D Form in Space] class at SCAD.
We were to create an installation maquette with the theme 'unity'. The idea sparked from my fascination with the first and second floors of the SCAD Hong Kong campus. It may look just like another beautiful interior designed floor landing:
2nd floor landing at SCAD Hong Kong campus at around 1 pm
But every day at a certain period of time in the late afternoon, this happens:
Beautiful light patterns formed by the sunlight seeping through the windows in both the 1st and 2nd floor landings at SCAD Hong Kong campus.
My plan was to hang colorful sheets outside the window of our campus, specifically both the 1st and 2nd floors. During that specific time of the day, a burst of colors will appear on the ground, kindling the joy and creativity of the students.
This happens around 4-5 pm every day when the sun is about to set in the west. These light rays grow longer with time before finally disappear and blend into the night light. I love admiring at this phenomenon, which is a result of nature colliding with a man-made structure.
I then had the idea of utilizing these isolated rectangular patterns to create the installation, keeping in mind the law of continuity infused with the element of time. Here is my illustration concept:
Here's the to-scale layout of the maquette I'm trying to build. I then use Adobe Illustrator to create the laser-cut file and after countless hours trying to figure out which rectangle piece goes where, the maquette of the building section was completed!
me taking a break...
Here are some of the snapshots of my progress. I hung abstract shapes of colored cellophane sheets on a string. The translucency of this material will allow the colors to be projected onto the floor, creating a continuous burst of colorful patterns. This is the final result of my installation maquette:
Exterior Design (Photoshop edit)
Visualization on the effect of time