This assignment asks for the break down of organic form into its essential components, the simple parts that compose the complex whole. These components are then abstracted and reconstructed into a new form. Through experimentation and iterations the rebuilt structures include detail, texture, and volume. This process will be completed for three different natural objects or beings. The 3 new forms function as 1 volumetric structure that could contain more than one person, 1 object that could support one person, 1 object for use by one person. Research and abstraction aids the discovery of potential forms. The end goal is to understand that representations are built upon a range of abstractions founded on perception and intent.
Above shows three organic forms transformed into a functional structure. I designed a plant into a bathtub, a bee into a gumball machine, and a gourd into a gazebo. Creating an object that can support one person was the biggest challenge for me because it forced me to think about what defines the word supporting. I examined how clothes, seats, and even an urn can support a person in either physical or spiritual sense. I determined that a bath tub best fit this theme. The curves of the broken down leaves produce a serene, wave-like movement. I used the gum ball machine design for the object that can be used by a person because the sharp triangles generate a modern, mechanical appearance- an interesting contrast as a bee is sporadic and fuzzy. My final abstraction became a gazebo. I made a gazebo out of both the plant and the gourd; however, the gourd’s long, curved components made better for a layered roof. When broken into their essential components the objects are confusing and random; however, through shading and the inclusion of a human, a new perception of the object can be produced
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