The apocalyptic-ally looking project, done at SCI-Arc, by Austin Samson and Danny Karas, is an investigation on manipulation of the three dimensional space, by two-dimensional drawings or images. Conventional drawing techniques were used as tools, such as hatching to present shade and shadow. The primary aim of the project was to explore the new ways of understanding how designers create and read projects – through orthographic images and the two dimensional projection of three dimensional objects. The whole project is about the drawing and its successful and possible translation into other mediums.
Projection in orthographic view is one of the standard techniques used in as a tool for creating imagery. Animated projection was also used – the authors were projecting animated shadow movements onto a sectional relief model in order to produce an object whose depth is continuously changing and being altered.
The geometry of the project was created first from the outside, and the inside came as a secondary process. The exterior geometry is designed as convex, multi-sided object, which has been smoothed in order to remove the hard edges. Instances of shadow were interpreted and painted on the outside so the levels of ambiguity within the object would be produced, moments where the author is not sure if the geometry extends into darkness or brightness or if it stops short. The inside of the object is clearly separated from the outside – the squares are intersected by sphere, allowing us to understand the difference between a hard and soft.
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