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The Functional Sculpture
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The purpose of The Functional Sculpture Project is to produce one product: a sculpture that functions as a stamp. The development of this product will explore the relationship between functionality and aesthetic and asks the question: can a sculpture be more than just nice to look at? And if so, what does this teach us about good design? The Functional Sculpture will be a tool for teachers and students alike. In contrast to prevailing digital practices, the Functional Sculpture provides the user a tactile tool to put color theory into action - exemplifying the importance of the order of operations and color sequence. In the end, The Functional Stamp Project hopes to educate, provoke thought and serve as an example of design’s duality.
II. General Description and Materials
The Functional Sculpture requires a simple list of materials: wood, rubber, glue and paint. The sculpture begins as an illustration on wood. Ivan Lopez’s style of illustration is centralized around animals and color. The design is derived from experience and the need to effectively and efficiently complete a piece. This process has been honed over 10 years of handed painted apparel sold out of Artillery AG in San Francisco. This style has received consistent recognition for its colorful and lively appeal. The base illustration serves as the outline for the segments within the sculpture. Dowels inserted within each segment allow the user to manipulate the sculpture and ultimately create the stamped image when ink is applied to the segment’s rubber backing. Simplicity, functionality and aesthetic are the primary elements in The Functional Sculpture.
III. Intended Function
The Functional Sculpture’s primary purpose is to reproduce an original painting. This process of reproduction creates an educational experience for the user and forces them to grapple with color theory and learn the importance of the order of operations with a distinct goal. The sculpture is empowering in nature as it allows the user to easily recreate this process, learning something new about how colors and shape interact with a variety of mediums. At the end of the day, the sculpture will stand in a classroom or studio reminding users about simple lessons in color and inciting their curiosity for future experimentation.
Fabrication of The Functional Sculpture is comprised of a four-step process: digital art production, CNC machining, assembly and paint. Digital art production begins with a hand drawn illustration that is then digitized into an Adobe Illustrator vector file. The vector file format is essential for wide compatibility amongst CNC machinery including machines such as a water jet, a lazer cutter or a shopbot. This method reduces production error to maintain the tolerances of the sculpture’s internal segments with the lowest cost/time commitment and was chosen for its financial feasibility and potential profitability. In order to reuse material waste, the sculpture will be cut from a single piece of wood, producing no additional scrap when cutting each segment. Once the segments have been machined, assembly consists of gluing the rubber and wood together and attaching the dowels to each completed segment. The piece as a whole is then hand painted by Ivan Lopez to complete its look and feel. As the project continues to develop and future sculptures are produced, we hope to maintain the products simple fabrication to this four-step process.
The scalability of The Functional Sculpture Project is enabled by a minimalist approach to materials and fabrication. Our materials are few and easily accessible and allow for our idea to be distributed fluidly to production houses domestically or abroad. In addition, the combination of digital art and the modern array of CNC machinery allows the greatest flexibility in inventory - product can be made to order or in limited runs. In sum, common materials and machinery create the venture’s competitive advantage and low operating cost. The focus is on getting the product to those who want it with the fewest number of financial barriers.
So, what’s the point? It’s a beautiful stamp; it’s a beautiful piece of art that works and teaches. It is simple and low cost, easily manufactured and teaches lifelong lessons in good design.