Drawing in the Oblique

Drawing in the Oblique

 

Start with the shape of light you want at a particular hour during a specified time of the year in a selected city. Then use an extremely complicated method of angles and altitudes to work/draw your way back to the shape that will produce your desired outcome.

With those instructions, this project was born.

Why design with the end in mind? Why exert effort into constructing one moment that happens once a day? Is it worth it?

In this exercise, I answered all my questions by placing my inquiries into the context of a city.

If I only had complete control over one hour out of every day, what hour would that be? I chose the generic 5pm, the end of the work day. The setting was also vital to the investigation, this “piece” would need to be in a heavily populated downtown area and placed in a corner, preferably a street corner where two buildings meet but do not square off. The idea was to use two to three surfaces to create the perception of three dimensional shapes using the light from the five o'clock sun.

 

It’s 5 pm and it's been a long day at work. Good day or bad day, you’re standing waiting for the cross light to signal you over when you catch a glimpse of an amplified piece of light. It sits on a corner transforming intangible light into a 3 dimensional object. The sun - often unnoticed - transforms itself into public art for the city. The niche becomes a plaza where children play in the light, people take photos, and friends come together ("hey, let's meet by the light cube at Olympic and Robertson").

 
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