The second assignment was to create a folly style piece in two different scales. A folly, according to wikipedia is ‘ a building actually constructed primarily for decoration, but either suggesting by its appearance some other purpose, or merely so extravagant that it transcends the normal range of garden ornaments or other class of building to which it belongs.’ So basically a useless sculpture! The sculpture outside the State Library of Victoria is a good example of a folly.
The first step was to download TopMod, a free topological mesh modelling program. There are some really amazing examples of complex designs made with topMod on the net, here are some of my favourites:
After checking out some of these examples I decided I was more attracted to the angular geometric shapes, rather than the curved and mobius styles.
I started witha basic diamond and extruded parts evenly around it to create the various shapes. The design I finally settle on was simple, but thinking ahead to the production stage I decided someting simple, without too many fine parts would probably hold up better in 3D. Plus I really like the shape. Here is the final shape in Rhino: