In the studies of intersections of planes and lines, I learned how to relate both aspects through isometric drawing and model making. I decided to design a “z” shape in my constructs because of its simplicity in form and complexity in balancing the form. The progression of my model slowly developed into the focus of the central point, in order to create that cantilever image.
The First Model
The Second Model
The large scale of the first model created more space for the shadow of the dowels to be seen. Moreover, the central area is very stable due to the overlap of the triangular shapes.
The Third Model
I attempted to twist the dowels in the intersection; however the dowels were too rigid to be twisted.
The Fourth Model
For the fourth module, I experimented on curving the planes to see how the length of the lines(dowels) change.
The Fifth Model
The start of the struggles and problems throughout this project was the establishment of the fifth structure. The dowels used in this structure was 3x smaller than the scaled final product. By not taking into account the heaviness of steel, the balancing act of the two triangles fail. Not only is the metal a part of the imbalance, but also the type of joinery in the focal area of the “z” form. Without knowing the right angles to use, one can end up wasting too much dowels and money.
The 7th Model
For days of trial and error I have finally figured out how to create the center miter joints. On top of that, I also used aluminum plates(lighter metal) to blend it with the color of the dowels.