Unit 2: Form and Function (Cardboard Tower Sculpture)

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1)Describe your ideas (inspiration) for the form and function of your work.

When the assignment was given, the first thing that caught my eye was that the tower had to be firm and steady. I thought, so what shapes would make a firm sculpture? Pyramid or triangle was the first that came to my mind. But since we could only use rectangles and squares, I thought of building blocks. A steady tower could be a straight up rectangular or square tower, but you could also have square like blocks rotating so it would balance out. That seeded the first idea of my tower.

2) How effective would your sculpture be as a real tower? Please explain in terms of place (city/country) and how people would “use” it.

This tower, or mall, would be commonly seen in cities. We made the bottom as a lobby, with the “biggest” shop areas. The second and third floor was used for smaller shop areas. The roof top was for the “cinema” and “food court”. We still haven’t named the mall yet, but we have thought of something along the lines of “Divergence” or  “The Contrast”. Something to do with opposites.

3) Share one aspect of how your group worked well together and one aspect of how your group could have improved in the area of teamwork.

Our group worked well together when it came to the building. We agreed on many of the designs, worked in harmony when constructing, but we started to fall apart in the designing.

While painting, I thought gradient was a much better design for this building, but my partner thought black and white was better. We ended up coming both designs, which clashed in a unmannerly way.

Standard 3: Analyze (Research)

1) Watch this short video (in class) about the artist Sarah Sze:


2) How does Sarah use improvisation and spontaneity (randomness) to create her work?

She used the art of uncertainty and laid out her entire process of making the uncertain final product into her work of art. Soon, her final product was actually the process of thinking, on which she used improvisation and spontaneity to map out the process.

3) Find a good photo of one of her works and upload this to your site. Don’t forget to label the photo with a title, year, and other relevant information

This sculpture was made of toothpicks, paper and small pieces of wood, plus Sarah’s imagination. It was first released in 2008.

4) How was your art making process similar or different to Sarah’s process?

As to any piece of art, we never follow our original plan. As we proceed toward building, we realise that there might be a better way out, or this might look better instead of that. It’s called improvisation, like Sarah’s process of art. As we change, we might make the art worse through our own eyes, or improve through other eyes. Art, like writing, can never be said “I’m finished!”.

5) What is your reaction to Sarah’s work? Would you call this art? Please explain.

Instead of art, I would call it a gallery. In the video she said she gathered everything that was in her daily life and organised in a way that would look like art. But through my eyes, I see a gallery of everyday things, modelled with paper or clay. Then from a gallery of fake jewellery to paper shoes back to clay sculptures, I say it’s the gallery of our daily lives.

Cardboard Tower Research

petronas towers

This is the famous Petronas Towers, located in the capital of Malaysia. These two towers are dependant, with a bridge in between supporting both and enabling people to cross. The shape of the base of these twin towers are circular merged with rectangular, supporting a strong base for these towers. At the base of these towers is a huge mall, on which the two towers itself is used as a hotel. The mall has a rectangular base for structure.

marina bay sands hotel

This tower is the Marina Bay Sands Tower, which is supported by three towers and a large swimming pool at the top. As seen, the structure is strong and sturdy because of the three towers supporting the pool at the top. The three towers are hotel rooms for the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, and the high elevated pool is one of Singapore’s biggest attractions.

big benThis tower is the Big Ben Tower, known to be in London with the Parliament office at the bottom. The Parliament is a rectangular short-storied building that takes up a wide expanse of surface area, making this building a steady yet short structure. The Big Ben Tower is perched at the corner, with a strong square base. The Big Ben is the clock tower for the city of Westminster in England.