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Studio Blog Winter 2011

Installing The Garden Shrub at the Royal British Society of  Sculptors.

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All the work for the Material Rights show heading off on a truck to the RBS gallery London.

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Garden Shrub packaged and ready to be loaded onto the truck.

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Once all the electrics had been installed in the crate the Garden Shrubs were lowered into place.

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The octahedrons attached to the packaging crate.

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4 welded octahedrons completed.

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The Garden Shrubs would be displayed in a packaging crate and this would balance on 4 octahedrons. These would be made of sheet metal and welded together but first a template needed to be made out of wood.

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A section of both leaves needed to be cut out so that it could be attached to the branches.

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Once dry, the edges were routed to give a beveled edge.

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When enough were cut they were laminated.

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Meanwhile, lots the leaf shapes needed to cut out using a template they were routed to ensure that each one was an identical clone of the other.

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The branches were made in the same way to the main body using mitred edges. They were then glued and clamped and left over night drying times were seriously affected in the workshop over the winter.

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All the computer elements had been tested and were working correctly so the Garden Shrub was glued together and clamped over night to dry.

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The light sensors also needed to be tested before they were added. These sensors react to sound and pulse to the rhythm.

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The eyes had been created and were tested.

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Once the eyes had been cut out the screens were attached to the face.

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A jig was made so that a template could be made to cut the eyes out.

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Once all the sides had been cut, the eyes were positioned.

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To make the seamless finish of the Garden Shrubs the mitre saw needed to be used to create angled edges which were butted together inside.

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A busy Christmas in my snow covered studio.

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