Prototype WIP #3/4
This has made me eager to install earlier than I normally would, not as a final installation but as an experiment to allow me to think about the importance topography will have on the works:
Viewing from a lower viewpoint: eg. If the plant is further up on an inclination/slope/rock etc than the viewer
Viewing from above: looking over a drop or walk way etc
Viewing from up close: More detail will be applied to works with close viewing
Viewing from afar: The morphs have to be striking enough to be seen- or some will have to be subtle enough to catch the eye and make the viewer want to look further etc
After deciding that this series of morphs are prototypes the next two plant morphs have be melded together- on the same platform and have been made with installation ideas in mind: where they would go, crevice, ground, close, far etc. They have also been constructed with the idea a plants life cycle in mind- these works being sapling/seedling stages
The design starts from the making of the last morph as well as the consideration of the environment in which they will be installed.
The body of theses morphs as saplings/seedlings should be far less fleshy than the previous and should be also made to fit into crevices etc and smaller areas where the larger, fleshy morphs can not fit- or would not grow.
They may also be made to merge from high, dry grass areas, or sclerophyll - like conditions.
Interaction with the wind/light elements should also be considered. The base should be able to hold the sculpture securely and allow movement of extensions.
The original idea of the next morph was more grass like- concentrating on movement in windy conditions, although it will not always be windy- and there should be interest in the form during all conditions.
The idea of adding buds and pitcher forms to the original grass like forms would add visual interest, and refer to the life cycle stage of the morph.
The stems were to be thin, not fleshy, and also had to be able to sway in the wind without being weak enough to bend or break in strong wind, so thick wire was affixed to a wooden base. These wire stems were then covered with a thin, machine sewn sheath of plastic. The sheaths were made an inch or two longer than the actual wire so there would be a little bit of bunching to add to the form- so they would not be too thin and not at all fleshy.
Below: Wires fixed at base to allow movement and to ensure placement would not be compromised in harsh conditions. Here, left over chip board was used as the base. This will not be used in final morph structures, as water causes the wood to puff and break apart.
The base will need to be disguised, and as I am planing to trail a white plastic carpet through the installation as a whole (at this point) to joint the morphs and to lead the eye, I am repeating this process here.
I have attached the landscaping plastic netting to the base and knotted on cut plastic strips. Instead of using the white- which I intend to use in the final installation, I extended the colour of the stem forms, and added small areas of colour to be used in the tip of the morphs.
Making the buds:
I decided the buds should be fleshy, and they represent growth- growing form of the morph as well as representing that idea of growing paranoia.
The bud colour(light pink) is drawn directly from the phalange forms of the previous morph form and so are the leaves.
I machine sewed and stuffed the bud and leaf forms separately and then sewed them together so they could be folded into each other to hide the seam when attached to the stems and to join them as a completed form when sewn together at the base- so that the leaf partially curls around the bud.
The next morph form is based on the idea of a pitcher plant- attraction and trapping- the structure of the top and the pitcher section is made upon a wire armature- thin intwined wires for the top hood of the morph so it can be easily moulded and shaped- the inner bud is a leftover bud from the stems, so should tie in with the two previous morphs
The actual pitcher is made with a gap at the bottom- to allow for drainage in the final setting. At this point, I have only been concentrating on its form, but after the prototype stage- this could result in plants that have a detailed inner looked down upon-into the pitcher section where there could be far more detail...... In final works stitching would be hidden.
Driving around the corner to over grown bush land and taking photos and notes to further ideas for the next works.......Crossing fingers all fits into the mazda...... and I won't melt into todays heat!!!!!