I know I have been AWOL lately, but this is a large reason for me not being at my desk. This and a 3.8m (12ft) x 1.8m (6ft) art installation for Truth Coffee.
In March of 2015 I was commissioned to do an art installation for the "best coffee shop in the world" for 2015... I kid you not... Google that statement and it will come up!
This is a photo heavy post...
What started out as a pile of randomness finished up as the airship seen above!!!!
To build the fuselage I began with 7 hula hoops, one bigger than all the rest for the center hoop.
Then I cable tied the 3m long strips of electrical conduiting to the hula hoops on pre-measured and marked points. along the way I decided only 5 hula hoops were needed.
I found 24m of webbing to cover the joins in the fabric and 700 rivets were used to make it look pretty.
So that the light can be worked on in the future, I made access hatches on both ends of the airship sealed with Velcro. You can see this below as well as a wet coat of gel medium which sealed the pores of the fabric making the ship glow instead of being able to see the light fitting through the fabric when the light was on.
I decided she needed some stabilizers and using the logo from the coffee shop, I devised some fins in 3 layers of foam core.
This is the top of the fins where I marked the spot to glue the straws into which the carbon fiber rods will slide. The underside has the design on it so you see it when you look up.
In the photo above, I was working out how to do the ends of the gondola. I eventually cut the ends oval to emanate the ones on the Zeplin
I used texture paste through a stencil I made from Tim's brick die.
Above has the base coat of paint, below, I rubbed the Archival Coffee ink pad directly onto the raised areas.
Here you see her upside down on my desk as I worked...
The last things to go onto the fuselage was the nose cone and propeller which got glued on and the fins which had carbon fiber rods to slide onto which run right through the fuselage and into straws under tape... Yet another "Mc Guyver job".