PLASTIC OBJECT IN A PUBLIC PLACE

VISUAL ART

From year 10 - Working time: approximately 3 to 4 double lessons

TASK AND MOTIVATION

The installation "The Passenger", made of wooden slats, by the Belgian artist Arne Quinze, was destined to be one of the attractions at the Belgian city of Mons, the "Capital of Culture 2015". However, the 85-metre long and 16-metre high construction which spanned a street and pedestrian paths, collapsed on 24 December 2014. Fortunately, nobody was hurt. This impressive installation, which can be viewed before and after the collapse on the Internet, served as inspiration for the task of planning a large sculpture of simple elements for a public space. Unlike our source of inspiration, we will build the plastic object as a model and test its effect with the help of photographic design capabilities and using a digital image processing program.

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LEARNING PRIORITIES

  • Work analysis: Photos and videos of Arne Quinze's ''The Passenger'' in Mons/Belgium
  • Relationship between plastic and space
  • Use simple materials to design an art object for public space and make it as a model
  • Put the resulting object into new relationships by means of photomontage; Search for suitable photos or take them yourself
  • Test artistic possibilities of photography
  • Work with a digital image processing program

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MATERIAL AND RESOURCES

  • Double-side coated corrugated board from cardboard boxes
  • Solid cardboard tubes in different diameters, e.g. postal tubes
  • UHU Glue Gun Low Melt 110°C or UHU Hart
  • Cutting machine
  • Scissors
  • Mitre saw for cutting cardboard tubes, if required
  • Shaping aids such as bowls, cans.
  • Computer with image processing program
  • Colour printer
  • Photo paper

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STEP-BY-STEP PLAN

Part 1: Work analysis: Photos and videos of Arne Quinze's "The Passenger" in Mons/Belgium.

Examples of links (as of April 2015) which show videos or photos of the installation:

Part 2: Design and construction of the model: Each pupil makes their own model with the given material (cardboard strips).

DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

STEP 1

Cut the corrugated board from a cardboard box into 8 to 12 mm wide strips with the cutting machine. The length is determined when building the model.

DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

STEP 2

If necessary, cut cardboard tubes to the required length with a mitre saw.

DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

STEP 3

Join the cardboard strips with the UHU Glue Gun Low Melt 110 C° or with the fast-hardening model building adhesive UHU Hart.

DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

TIP

A bowl, for example, which serves as a supporting form during the assembly, can be useful for dome-shaped or spherical objects. The spherical form of the object of Page 1 was created by the combination of two hemispheres, which were first joined individually over a bowl.

Part 3: Photography and image processing
Photography and image processing

STEP 1

Each pupil photographs their model and a public space or searches for a suitable digital photo e.g. holiday photo.

Photography and image processing

STEP 2

Either crop the model with the character stylus or the wand tool, create the work path and path.

Photography and image processing

STEP 3

Copy the cropped object to the target photo (work with multiple layers) and adjust: size, brightness, contrast, tonal values. Expand shade, for example, copy of the object shape in grey, rotated, distorted, soft-drawn, reduced opacity. Test different versions.

Photography and image processing

STEP 4

Print photo series: object - public space - montage. Examples in the appendix!

Henrik Anders

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©2015 UHU GmbH & Co. KG, Bühl (Baden) and Elke Fox. Editorial and photo page 3: Elke Fox. Photos and Photomontages: Page 1, 4-6: Lea Kiefer; Page 7-9: Marco Friesinger; Page 10-11: Santina Amari.