All the Way Up (right, below) is my latest adventure in lighting a sculpture.
I 3D-printed the sculpture during the 2023 Camelback Studio Tour in 3 parts: the 2 complementary sections of the sculptural form and the sculpture’s black pedestal.
The maquette, or model for this sculpture, Yin Yang, has a smooth, composite finish. (Maquettes, by the way, save me a lot of time, trouble and materials by giving me a three-dimensional look at a design before I commit to a large-scale 3D print project.)
I love Yin Yang‘s smooth lines and its subtle crevice, the colors of which mirror the black and white of the exterior. This would look fantastic as a 51″ tall sculpture!
But when I saw the translucent Ryno filament I’d used to create All the Way Up, I was seduced. Its smooth, luminous surface complements the sculpture’s sensuous lines. How could I cover it up?!
For now the sculpture will remain translucent, which may change the plans for lighting. Currently I’m using an LED light, but it isn’t strong enough to go … all the way up. (Seems like a must.) Heat is a concern, too, so I will spend some time sourcing the right light (and hope I get it the first time). I will also probably need to reprint the pedestal to accommodate a different light.
And so it goes down the rabbit hole of what I do. Sure is fun – most of the time.