So, it’s been a productive weekend, but there’s good news and bad news, and they’re kind of the same thing. The news is that I can’t lasercut until Wednesday. I was a little disappointed to hear this, because I wanted to get into building these things right away, but now that I look at the complexity of what I’m doing, it’s going to be quite nice to have the time to really make sure everything is right and that everything will be included all at once.
That said, here’s a little glimpse of what I’m doing.
The image below is a quick sketch of what I plan on attaching to my already made “building”. The lasercut gaskets will fit around a high-powered LED flashlight, which has been cut to fit inside. There are two ends of this flashlight, facing opposite one another. This assembly will hang from the gear that turns around the top of my building, providing a light source at the epicenter of the gearing system, which is going to be vastly expanded after Wednesday.
The image below this paragraph is a sketch of what I plan on having my spinning mirrored portions look like in the end. I had actually thrown the pieces away from the old version of these, but I still like the idea, and since the main building is now going to be throwing out light into the rest of the site, these mirrored kinetic pieces will cause a very interested set of reflections and shadows to be cast all around the model. It’s actually somewhat fortunate that I don’t have the old pieces anymore in my opinion, because I think they were too small for the scale of the model. The new ones will be quite a bit larger, almost tree-sized. The ones with flat surfaces I think will be especially interesting, because they’ll rely on gravity, motion, and wind to change the path of the incoming light they receive.
And finally, in the link below is the new layout for the gears. The work now rests on my ability to decide what exactly will be acting inside or near the buildings in terms of machines. This is why I’m pretty thankful that I can cut on Wednesday instead of today. I have some ideas for what each machine will do or look like, but tonight and tomorrow I can really flesh everything out. If I can completely finalize the gear layout tonight, then tomorrow I can drill all of the holes and buy all the necessary brass rod to have a productive Wednesday night.
The goal right now is to have all of this implemented and working by Thursday, which is pretty daunting, but based on my two-day design-a-thon for Interim reviews, I think I can handle it just fine.