Structure title Infinity Park
Artists names Amber Nguyen, Ka Mia Ngo, Ian Shieh
Introduction In this project we had to remake buildings in a way Hundertwasser would, we knew that he liked bright colors, hated straight lines, and loved nature. We decided to remake the apartment that is in front of our school. We made the sculpture a park and a shop. We made the park very colorful as well as the shop. As a group we had a few major problems like fighting and not focusing.
Process Because this project was very extensive, there had to be certain steps the entire group had to take in order to succeed. We first looked at examples of Hundertwasser buildings. Doing this was very helpful because it gave us an idea of what we were to create. We then decided to create a 3D model and started playing with the different materials given. Our group wrote all our plans and reflections in a group document. We also time-lapsed what we did everyday to document the process. From then on, we started working on our base structure; this included cutting, plastering, and glueing. After this process, our group started working on the smaller details such as trees, wall designs, and windows. One major problem our group had throughout the project was not having a stable plan. To explain, we constantly have to improvise on our plan. Though I am happy that we sorted things out and got our model done. Another problem we faced was the division of tasks within the group. Sometimes, there would be just one person working and the other two wandering around. But because Ms. Jardin notified us, we improved more in this area and equally split jobs for the group.
Evaluation In this project, our strengths were color, design, the links to Hundertwasser, and our construction. The colors we used were soothing but different from the everyday colors used in buildings. Usually a building would be made of either vibrant or soothing colors however in our building we incorporated both of these types of colors, generating a very bright yet calm artwork that leads your eyes to important areas but does not leave the other areas hidden. Our design was very creative using a the back of a disk as a path to give it the infinite feeling, as looking the view through glass is infinite. The links to Hundertwasser were his spirals that were place on the side of the building to add one of the best parts of his work onto our building. The construction of this building is very sturdy as it has been plastered. To color the plaster, we would use a sponge to fill up the holes.
Summary (Amber) After finishing this project, I am very happy and proud of what I have done. Overall, I think we did well in terms of mimicking Hundertwasser’s style, and our use of colors. This project needed many skills from the entire to group. I think one skill that I improved the most on is communication and listening; because we had many problems involving communication, I learned how to control communication within the group. I think Hundertwasser will be pleased with our work. We respected the things he believed in, such as nature, and the element of happiness. As for the project itself, even though i didn’t like it as much as the hundertwasser painting project, I think it was very challenging and fun. Sculpting was a very new concept to me and it was interesting to start sculpting and plastering for the first time. Because I personally don’t like working in groups, it was different for me and i sort of learned how to control and work with the group.
Summary (Mia) This project was a very challenging project, testing our creativity and our imagination. We all knew that Hundertwasser loved both bright colors and nature and since the apartment was dull and didn’t have much plants or trees around or on it. We decided the change the building completely and make a park. We started the entire sculpture by cutting cardboard and plastering the cardboard to make it stronger. Plastering the cardboard had it’s good sides and it’s bad sides. For example, the plastering created texture which made the sculpture look more “imperfect” but the plastering also left holes which were really hard to cover. After the plastering dried we painted over the sculpture choosing bright colors, we also decided to sponge the “grass” instead of painting it so that the grass would look more patchy instead of smooth. Knowing that Hundertwasser painted lollipop trees in his paintings we painted a few of those on the side of our sculpture. We also made windows with aluminum foil around the edges making the windows pop out more. We made a few tables using air dry clay and 2 small door knobs that we found. In the last few classes we made the park itself adding the trees, the path, the colorful tissue, the pieces of disks and bushes.
If I were to talk about my personal thoughts at the beginning of this project the first thing that I would think of would be “messy.” But during the end of this project I think that we worked together as a team and split up jobs to stay on task. Our group didn’t fight as much and we really tried hard to make our structure look as good as we could make it. Planning what we should’ve been doing the class before really helped us stay on task. And without fighting, we became a better team and worked together more easily.
Summary (Ian) As a team we worked efficiently at the end but we had a few problems during the beginning of our project. A few of our problems included no plans, fighting with one of my group member, getting off task. We solved these problems by setting a schedule for what we were supposed to do and who was supposed to do this. At the end of each class, we would gather as a group planning these things. With everything more planned out it helped us focus and finish our work.