This project using wood was primarily focused on how object and gravity worked together. Incorporating a “found object” and using 1x8x10’ plank of pine, I created two structures that can’t stand on their own, but could stand upright using each other’s presence. The structure needed to be as tall as myself(5’6) or as wide as my height, and the final result of the structure easily exceeded the dimension requirement using minimal materials. Previously before this project, I already knew how to use a bandsaw as well as miter saw(chop saw), but I have not used nail guns or the table saw before. Mainly for my previous wood projects I utilized drills and nails, but I newly learned making various types of joints(compound joints, butt joints, miter joints) using the nail gun and wood glue. The wooden structures were made with thin bars of pine wood that were put together by multiple butt joints and miter joints. Because both wooden structures included similar components like the unclosed rectangular hooks on the top and the closed rectangular feet to ensure more surface area for secure balance, in theory, these two wooden structures were similar. However, the slight modifications in their design allowed for these two structures to stand together, clasping with the corresponding spiral joints and securing the “found object”, a clear bowl of water, at the foot in a stable manner.
During the critique, my peers reacted positively to the simplicity of the structure. Viewers loved the top joints, the spiral of right angles, and the delicacy, the airiness, the whimsical but not anxious interaction these joints provided. The joints were also perceived to resemble a shape of a heart, and also to deliver feeling of relationship. The balance was perceived to be a bit off(this structure was leaning backwards), because of the extension between the balancing point and the connection of the joints. This unstableness provided a clumsy moment but elegantly composed structure, and the structure could be read differently from different angles. When a viewer wished that there would be more elements reflecting the nature of water, I pointed out that the triangular shape of the sculpture of the top and bottom shares one congruent angle and two congruent plank for the sides and therefore is a similar triangle. This reflection of the triangular shapes showed the rational reasoning behind the structure, which maybe was not clear enough. During the process of making this project I recall being frustrated at how fragile the wooden structures could be. At some point I got so frustrated and abused the nail gun and just nailed the wood excessively and therefore some of the joints are a bit messy. I was also really anxious during the critique, because this object didn’t have stable structural integrity, so if someone were to just breathe next to it, it would tip over and crash. Hopefully more precision and more stable bottoms would’ve fixed this problem, but I was happy that I still exchanged the simplicity of this project with the structural stability, which I think was a pretty fair deal. Main takeaway was to learn from the accidents that came along with the fabrication / production of the objects, the importance to identify them, thinking about what they are actually doing, and learning to utilize those accidents.