The actual physical product of this next installment has long been disposed of — I know, I know you should never throw away art but this sucker was over 8 feet high and I had no room for it when we moved so I had to chuck it. This was an ambitious University project and was part of my finals for my 3rd year Visual Arts course. The theme was site and how a place can have multiple meanings for multiple people (there was other criterion which I have long since forgotten because this was all over 12 years ago). My concept was a Road Trip Map — places that I have been to, and the stories behind each trip. The project spanned my whole life to that point.
ROAD TRIP PROJECT
1. Prepping Painting the World – I cut two identically sized plywood boards and primed them for painting. The materials I used were primarily acrylic paints, construction paper, metal hinges and eye hook fasteners. I also jimmied up a make shift easel to prop up this large piece. But that will all be evident in subsequent images.[/caption]
2. Primed And Ready to Paint the World – At this stage, both boards have been pre-assembled and then disassembled so that I could work on each section with minimal obstructions. It’s not visible in the picture, but I had faintly sketched out my outline of an elongated North America.[/caption]
3. First Half Finished – Painting the World – Now you can see that it’s starting to take shape. On the primary two boards I have sketched and painted a stretched out image of North America. As part of my project I was to emphasize some of the places that I have been to, so smaller boards were put together and would attach to the main boards and appear as an inset would on any standard map. But there’s more to these smaller boards that I will get into in a bit.[/caption]
4. Here Goes Part Two – Painting the World – With construction paper I created travel lines and glued them to the boards. This illustrated my route. and destinations. Little toy cars, buses, and airplanes were also glued to the boards to demonstrate the mode of transportation it took me to reach my destinations.[/caption]
5. Painting Done – Painting the World – In this picture you can see that both halves have been fully painted and reassembled. The smaller boards of the individual cities that I chose to highlight have also been painted, hinged, and attached to the main boards with mini eye bolts and tiny hooks (which aren’t really visible in these images). Unseen due to the cropping of the photo is the placement of the assembled piece on the custom easel.[/caption]
6. Finished Product – Painting the World – Here’s the finished product!! Standing tall at just under 8 feet I created a lanky looking version of North America — most maps adopt the Mercator Projection for map depiction (blah blah blah essentially it’s the tradional style of maps that everyone is accustomed to) I decided to go with a Robinson Projection variation. Just to be a little different — which explains why the map looks stretched out. Just thought I should clarify that. The smaller boards open up to reveal pictures, postcards, ticket stubs, sketches, and other keepsakes I collected in each of the individual cities that I chose to emphasize — Seattle, New York City, and Orlando. The small board I created for Thunder Bay is conspicuously absent from this image.[/caption]
Well, that’s it. I came across these photos a few days ago and thought I would talk about this project. It took many many hours (to the tune of 3 solid weeks of work) to put this piece together, as well as the written paper that accompanied it. It was well worth it because I graded quite high on this project. I hope you enjoyed this look into the vault!!
I have much much more artwork floating around at home and I hope to be able to share some more of it with everybody soon. Thanks for checking it out. I hope you liked them!