Drawing the Plastic Pilgrimage IV

Here is an elevation drawing (in progress) of the fifth and final shrine on Herald Square in front of Macy’s flagship store. For the design, I’ve looked at two main precedents, one is http://dinnerinthesky.com/lounge/ . This site is interesting as the programme is similar to what I am proposing, and I found the site has useful information on the dimensions of the lounge/marriage/showbiz pods, although the design is quite mechanical. The second is Tomas Saraceno’s installation, http://www.pulpcollectors.com/tomas-saraceno-on-space-time-foam/  . I like the photographs of people walking around in the inflatable (aiming to have some views like this for the shrines). I’ve decided that the last shrine should be a reincarnated Snoopy cut up to pieces (some forming the main tensile fabric structure and the others used as inflatable lounge pods), all having an in-line valve that constantly has helium pumped through it, allowing the overall structure to be very light and the number of steel masts supporting the tensile fabric could be cut down to a minimum (smaller in size/thinner as well).

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A cross section detail image of the inflatable pod in progress:

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A cross section detail of the steel masts structure on ground level:

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A view out a window in Macy’s:

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All details will be annotated, for the moment I just wanted to show the progress images. I still can’t believe this is the last time I’m posting about this project (having very contradictory yay and nay feelings about it)!

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  1. Nice precedents – i like the mechanical form of the dinner in the sky pods and the Tomas Saraceno project is a good one – he uses inflatables and tensile structures really effectively – look at how he draws his details to get inspiration of how to draw yours – sometimes he annotates forces and pressure changes with arrows which is really effective to show the delicate balance of pressure within inflatables to create a structural system. Im sure the library at Brookes has some books on his work where you can see the drawings – I think the technical drawings need a bit more detail – at the moment they’re only atmospheric but it would be good to show the plastic seams, connections, valves, pressure – how are these stable structures for people to inhabit? Even for the detail of where it meets the ground, does it go below ground, how are the connections made? Where are the sites for inflation? Its a different type of technical drawing to ones being done for rigid or orthogonal structures but even more interesting. I also think the idea to reconstruct the pieces of snoopy into this structure is great but it would be nice to have a drawing deconstructing Snoopy and showing how he is being reassembled into this structure in terms of his constituent parts. In the same way that we discussed the compressed Barney shrine and how to draw that sticky plastic that can only partially inflate, here we need to see in the views that it is parts of Snoopy that create this structure rather than clear plastic. I like when you describe it as “reincarnated Snoopy cut up to pieces (some forming the main tensile fabric structure and the others used as inflatable lounge pods)” but I want to get this impression from the drawings so keep going to achieve this effect.
    I can’t believe that its the last time we will be commenting on everyone’s blog posts – the year has flown by and its sad that its all coming to an end. However, its been great to see the incredibly diverse projects that have come out of the studio and have taken the brief to new heights. I can’t wait to see how much further each of the projects is pushed in the next week – good luck with this final stretch!

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