This is a sneak peek at our project we are mounting on the Humber Pedestrian Bridge for an expected 2 month duration. We have started with the internal frame that will act as our mold for fibreglassing. Once we have completed fibreglassing this entire internal structure will be carefully ripped out, leaving the sculpture hollow and ready to be painted and filled with lights.
We are excited to move to our new workspace this Saturday and begin working on the tentacles that will be attached to each creature.
How do you make a sculpture of this size for less than $60,000? You get very creative with your processes and materials. We save thousands of dollars in standard vacuum molding costs by creating our mold out of a wood core, 1″ chicken wire, and wrapping it like crazy with bubble wrap and packing tape. The bubble wrap and packing tape ensure the fibreglass does not stick to the wire and wood frame. All that will be left when we are complete is the hollow fibreglass sculpture. We have chosen fibreglass as our medium as the sculpture is intended to look like coloured blown glass.
This is the kind of creative problem solving that provides us with excellent brain callisthenics!
For more information about this project and how to donate to our materials costs… follow this link!
We will keep adding photos of our build as we progress. You can see us working Wednesday nights and Saturdays/Sundays down on the waterfront between Windemere Rd. and Ellis Ave.