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Jan 26, 2011

Module 1. Assignment 1:6 Structured construction: "Cross section of snow"

A cross section of a snow drift – heap

I had in mind to produce a cross section of a snow drift or snow heap. I spent som days in Sweden recently and experienced snow in all different forms, new arrival as well as melting ugly heaps, dirty and containing all sorts of rubbish. A snow heap is quite interesting as it is layered – first snow, more layers coming from shovelling the snow bringing objects such as stone and sand into the snow.

1. Materials used
2. Mold constructed
I used transparent plastic boxes, cereal boxes, toilet paper – an empty roll from food film and an egg box. Some little aluminium foil as well as a couple of details from can lids. I assembled by glue, by stapling and also by sewing thread. I wanted to use a mold in order to get a fairly strict surface in order to give the inmpression it was really a clean “cut through” section – on both sides.

3. First layer of snow
4. Detail of first layer
I started by one folded layer of toilet paper, assembled by glue. It looked quite nice – very soft and looking into a detail it rather looks like some nice silk assembled to attract a buyer (like me). The folds create interesting shadows However – the transparent plastic used for the front of the mold, creates reflexions when photographing. I am not a very good photographer!                  

5. Further material to provide some form
6. Undersea world?
I now wanted to add some distinct form and used cut pieces of a hard and rather narrow roll from an empty food film roll. I glued them into the mold but also to the layer underneath – which becomes somewhat compressed – which was intended – as the lowest layer of snow normally does not look very soft, fluffy and nice. I also added some Al-foil as well as details from soft drink cans – rubbish that you would find in a snow heap. Further structures that got into the mold were pieces of an egg box. 

  However – when looking at the picture (having become blueish by the camera) it rather looks like an undersea world – sea anemones, cockles and similar creatures can be imagined.

7. Finished cross section of snow – still in mold 

I added fairly big rolls of toilet paper to add some more interesting form as well as fluffiness as it would represent more recent snow.  Now – the finished work – still in its mold hopefully it would stay as “a mold” when removing the supporting transparent plastic front and cardboard back.

8. Cross section in its glory – out of the mold

I do think the result became both interesting and a bit beautiful! I am quite content! I feel that the contrasts are interesting between the compressed folded base layer, strict round forms together with the more irregular forms adjacent – the egg box pieces and the beautiful fluffy but distinct rolls on the top. In order to add some idea of snow sparkle on the very top – there are a few blue-turqoise stars sticked onto tooth-picks (not recycled…)

9. Other side 
The backside of the section looks fairly similar to the front, however there are some minor differences – as would be expected.

10. Cake 
The next picture – wow – I think it looks like a perfect piece of cake with whipped cream – or perhaps meringue – and I almost craved for something similar when studying this piece! The little stars look exactly like cake decorations. The picture is actually rather beautiful with a shadow with quite interesting form is cast by the “cake”

11. Bridal flowers?
The following picture is almost my favourite – as I think it shows the most beautiful cream white roses – like a bridal show case. The base layer almos looks like some lace or fabric arranged to add prettiness to the display!                                                                                                     

     The second picture from a very different angle – shows to me an almost perfect cross section and becomes interesting with the very strict triangular form, combined with soft rolling forms that fills the triangle.

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