Orla the Orca

April 15, 2013

This quarter at SCAD I’m taking a 3-D design class. That means I’m creating models out of different 3-D materials, like clay and wire and foam board and such, (aka nothing I’ve done in my life, ever.) This wire sculpture was my first project.

The purpose of the project was to study the different types and functions of line and construct a 3-D sea creature out of two types of wire: 1 thick for the primary – or exterior – contours, and 1 thin for the secondary – or interior – contours.

We were given a hypothetical scenario: The client (the owner of a regional aquarium) is opening a new exhibit titled “Creatures of the Deep Blue Sea.” As a part of the installation, they would like to have a large-scale sea creature underwater as the focal point for the exhibit. While they want to have a signature structure that catches the patron’s eye, they do not want something that interferes with the viewer’s engagement with the actual exhibit. Therefore, they would like a composition that uses line to depict the underwater creature.

orla the orca - drifter and the gypsy blog

I chose to construct a whale and have it hang from the ceiling, as if it was leaping out of the water. (if you want to have a bit of a laugh, this was how the whale looked when I first started)

I know this isn’t really the type of stuff I blog about, but I’ve spent so much time working on this little whale guy… err girl (I’m calling her Orla), I thought she deserved some recognition here on the blog.

orla the orca - drifter and the gypsy blog

This project was alllll about taking our knowledge of 2-D drawing and translating it to 3-D. Since I like to do a lot of crosshatching and mark-making when I draw, I depicted the whale with wire loosely, trying to mimic the same style of my drawings and to create texture.

orla the orca - drifter and the gypsy blog
orla the orca - drifter and the gypsy blog
orla the orca - drifter and the gypsy blog

This project was really challenging and stretched my imagination, but that’s what learning’s all about, right? All I know is after working with wire for two weeks straight, my hands and fingers are definitely feelin it.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do with Ms. Orla now that she’s all said and done… perhaps I’ll hang her in my room. If I keep it up with these sculptures, after my 3-D art class, I’m sure my room will look like a hoarder’s!

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