Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Follow the drinking gourd

Last quarter my Sculpture class helped Professor Andrew F. Scott assemble his commission installation piece for the Jepson Center, Telfair Museum, particularly for the Pulse Festival. Which is a festival that focuses on art created with technology. 
He designs his work digitally on a 3D modeling program such as rhino or Maya then uses a laser cutter to cut the pieces out of cardboard, it is just a big puzzle from there. Just a little super glue and man power and bam, there you go. Prof. Scott is awesome. More pics here:

This digitally-produced sculpture makes reference to the American folk song “Follow the Drinkin’ Gourd.” Legend has it the song may have been used by conductors of the Underground Railroad to guide runaway slaves to freedom in the North. Scott’s work is composed of two elements suspended from the ceiling in the Jepson Center atrium. A large gourd form represents Ursula Major, the Big Dipper. The dipper points to the North Star, Polaris, shown as part of a series of globe forms representing the Little Dipper.

This set documents the assembly of the Gourd Sculpture at the Jepson Center on February 20, 2012. The Gourd sculpture was transported to the Jepson Center in five parts. The components were then assembled by students collaborators:

Kieara Crisp
Dennis Curry
Ty Derousseau
Leslie Laburda
Brandon Luepkes
Emily Nelms (photographer)
Samantha Woolhiser
Daniella Zeman
James Scott (photographer)

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