Adventure Walk Flys Again
February 1st and 2nd marks the 3rd Mill Creek Adventure Walk, and the first time this walk has been produced by La Cité Francophone. As you may or may not know, Winter Light, the previous producer has ceased operations in September, so myself and vast numbers of the public are grateful and excited that La Cité has picked up this amazing event.
This year’s event featured the legend of The Flying Canoe and The City of Light, an old French and native story about some Voyageurs who make a deal with the devil to fly their canoe home to visit loved ones. And they had to be back by midnight or they all turn into pumpkins. Or something like that, I never have much time to follow the story, to busy setting up lanterns.
Installation-wise, we had a limited new-work budget to play with, so the focus was on revising and re-arraigning. Fortunately I have a lot I material that has never shown in the creek before, so that plus some subtle upgrades and the new, shorter walking path made for fresh lighting experience.
The other big change was a fancy new home base at La Cité. Great venue for performance and gathering. Also an amazing workshop setup to develop and stage from.
I’m going to take this opportunity to thank and recognize some people: Robin, Brett, and Scott for throwing down without much notice, yet with enough understanding of my scene to deal with the work efficiently. Memi for the use of her fabric lanterns. MiHu, for his can-punching work for Crystal Cradle of last year that finally made it into something public. Winter Light for putting all that material into the hands of artists and event producers. La Cité (Daniel, Mireielle, and the rest) for picking this event up. Matt for being the full time winter guy that makes it all stick. Marissa for keeping track of batteries an all the rest. Hydrosion, for supporting my design with the robot-assisted cutting you all saw. Rose, my boss, for all the time off to make this happen. The weather for being awesome. And my wife Janelle and baby for coming out to enjoy the walk with me, and patience thru the way too busy develop and install phase of the work. And you know, everybody …
You can see more at the city of lights.
Send an email to someone ( La Cité, City Councillor, Edmonton arts council) if you want to see this event again next year!
A couple people have asked recently about the base we made for the insulated hexayurt. Turns out I took a bunch of pictures of the process, so here is a big gallery of base pictures.Level-able Base
Every point of the base has a leveling pad. It is made of an 8-10″ bolt or section of redi rod welded to a square steel plate, and a nut and washer for adjusting the hight. The hexagonal connector rests on the nut+washer, and gets lifted or dropped by tightening the nut underneath.Modular Connectors
We thought that sometime we may want to put several hexayurts togeather, and so designed the connectors to be fully modular. every point of the hexagon + the base gets a connector, and then lines get drawn between connectors with 2x6s. that gets subdivided into halfs, and then inlayed with 2x4s in the middle for de-bouncing. This process could carry on, with more connectors and spokes, but that hasn’t happened to us yet.Sip Floor
For our build, we needed an insulated floor to go with the insulated walls and roof. So Styrofoam and plywood sip it is. If you are building a warm weather yurt, a thick enough floor to effectively bridge the gaps that the under frame leaves is all you need. If you don’t need portable, screw it down and you can save some thickness too. But if you are building permanent, than this connector-based build may be overkill.Dimensions.. we had them
But I don’t at the moment. The basic theory is that you are making a 8′ edge hexagon out of triangles and struts. If I find our drawings, I’ll post them, if you do some drawings, you can send them to me to share here.Disassemble!!
This base was designed for portable, temporary installation. It worked, but the amount of effort is pretty high for any installation that lasts less than half a year. If you are going to build permanent, there are easier ways. If you are going very temporary, use a foam yurt.Gallery
Here are the pictures, annotated as clearly as I can at this hour of the night. Feel free to ask for clarification.
The big thing in August was our trip to Newfoundland (and Labrador for J and Baby). This was to be our first real vacation in I don’t know how long- all my last three “vacations” have had me working harder than my day job. So, this summer we gots to see J’s family out east. And here are the pictures to prove it. plus a few extra that family have been requesting.
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While working on a spa design for the HexaPlex, i discovered some exciting things with the hexayurt roof design- it will quite happily extend outwards in any direction you like. Same triangles, same angles. Sweet! Now what exactly does that solve?Reduced Flat Exposure to Wind:
If you have a 6′ or 8′ wall hexayurt, you may be somewhat nervous to set it up in a windy universe; such as burning man, top of a cliff, Lethbridge. And that would be reasonable caution. but now you can extend your roof further, and make your outer walls shorter, making a safer yurt for your self and all your downwind neighbors.So Much Space ! :
every 8′ roof wing that you attach adds a 1/2 hexayurt worth of floor space. enough to fit 2 single beds or one queen. plus personal storage. 5x 8′ wings (leaving one off for a tall door) will provide a total of 3.5 hexayurts in area- 406’2. a more modest 4′ roof wing will give you .375 more area each.Wow, so who’s done this?
To my knowledge, no one. so you can be first! Help chart bold new ways in Hexayurtopia! Send me pictures! I would only recommend this to an engineer or experienced yurt crafter. Please don’t take this on for your first yurt.Download the Hexa Pavillion Sketchup file now!
This file has a lot of construction extras, so you can put together a bunch of different formats from components. If you are not familiar with components in sketchup, there are a number of great videos on google to teach you all about it.
The other day, hanging out on the facebook hexayurt group, I discovered a design request for some arraigned H14s from months ago. Sounded good, so I strung some sketchup hexayurts together and posted the picture. Thinking about it later that day, I realized there were these gaps at the corners that were remarkably like 1/3 segments of hexagons… almost as if they could fit more hexayurt sections in. So I cut up some more hexayurts in the model and jammed them in. Success! The Hexagon Fills Its Gaps Again! Love it. And the HexaPlex was born.Expansive Floor Plan!
With 8 standard Hexayurts worth of floor space, the covered area in the HexaPlex is a stunning 1328’2. Plus a 166’2 courtyard in the center. The outer circumference (for your (large) tension ring needs) is 144′. The first one of these that I build (crossing fingers) will have 6 posts and beams to go around the roof-peak line as well. Partially for my over-stability needs, and partially as a handy solid place to hang lots of stuff from.
note: if you build it – which I would love – you take full responsibility for your safe construction. I am and artist and designer, not an engineer or architect. So there.Download the HexaPlex Sketch here!
Sketch-up version 8 model is freely available for your modulating pleasure here. As with all Hexayurt material on this site this is licensed CC-BY-SA : use freely and attribution is appreciated.
next step: build one in real life. and send me pictures.
It’s A Baby!
Big news in my life recently is a young lady of the name Alleluia Joy, the brand new daughter of Janelle and Myself. It turns out that babies and a high res camera on the phone in your pocket tend to produce a lot of pictures. And it turns out that friends and relatives are going to ask to see them. So, Janelle and I have gone through our files, and come up with a representative and not repetitious sample of our pictures.
Potentially large file warning ;)
The lantern that won the People’s Choice Award at the IllumiNite event in Edmonton!
The RotoGoboScope is an innovative lantern that combines colorful LED lights with rotating mechanisms to produce a fantastic moving light-scape of patterned dots. It features custom electronics that are built into refurbished coffee cans, which are mounted onto a tower made of re-used metal scrap.
What does the name mean?
Well, “Roto” is for rotating. “Gobo“ is short for “Go-Between”, and refers to an object that is placed in front of a light source to control the shape of the light emitted. And “Scope” like in kaleidoscope, a device that creates moving color patterns.
This lantern is a creative extension of my Can-O-Lantern series of decorative LED lamps, currently sold by Crystal Cradle. I have been handcrafting LED lamps using upgraded coffee cans for about 3 years.
RotoGoboScope was originally built for IllumiNite – and outdoor light design competition organized by Edmonton on the Edge. It was installed outside for a night, in the park behind Sobey’s on Jasper Ave. The nook it got tucked into was awkward, but the reception was excellent – the RotoGoboScope captured the delight of its viewers, and won the People’s Choice award!
Good news – this amazing lantern is currently on display at the Cool Stuff Exhibit! You can find it at the University of Alberta Museum in Enterprise Square (10230 Jasper Ave) from March 22nd – March31st.
What is it made of?
Composed of approximately 95% upgraded metal scrap, plus some custom-built electronics.
The upgraded scrap components include :
- 6 bicycle wheel rims – from the local Bike Repair Collective
- steel EMT pipe – from an outfitter tent repair job
- a laundry machine drum – scrap yard special
- a clothing display stand – someone must have donated this to our pile without asking
- 3 coffee cans – readily available
- hard-drive platters – from old computers
The rest of the parts are :
- 9 1-Watt LED’s – red, white, yellow, and green
- 3 rotating gear-motors
- various electrical components – drivers, transformers, connectors and wires
- 1m steel tube and shaft
It runs on regular household electrical current (110V AC) via transformers, or directly on a 12V DC battery.
Sweet. What does this light look like in motion?
I thought you’d never ask.
Can I Get One?
SpacePort Studio Pan/Tilt Video Tour
I do some fun geek support projects for various other artists, and the other day I got to play with a remote control pan/tilt unit (from servocity.com) that some fellow Edmontonian artists are using for a film project. My job was to ensure that the parts for the motion control systems all talked to each other properly : batteries, transmitters, receivers and motor drivers. Intrigued by remote control toys, I taped my [relatively low-tech] camera onto this high-tech pan/tilt unit to take a scan around our studio (aka SpacePort), which at the time was covered with electro-mechanicals that we were working on for this film.Big Fancy Camera Systems in Taiwan
In contrast to my “Red-Green” solution, the filmmakers will be screwing a Red Cam onto the system when they get to Taiwan. They are filming in Imax-Ready format, with some fancy remote controlled systems to get their vast cameras out of the faces of their subjects. The fly-cam they are building is pretty exciting – some heavy duty remote control car motors, a pan/tilt/focus and a gyroscope will all be mounted onto a hanging zip-line-like contraption. These devices will be controlled by a fancy Spektrum DX6 transmitter (a fancy remote control), and will take the camera on some long steady rides over the heads of the festival go-ers. It’s amazing how a different perspective in the camera angle can have profound impact on the perspective of the movie viewer. Maybe it’s about how our brain gets tweaked differently when we see something from a new angle.Spirit Medium , the film
So, the film they are going to shoot looks pretty amazing. One of the group members did some sort of thesis work in Taiwan about this festival, and he is bringing the film crew back with him to get the story visually:
Taiwan is a small and often overlooked society with many gifts and treasures to offer the world. At approximately 5,000 years, Chinese civilization is the oldest existing civilization in the world. However in Mainland China, many traditional religious practices were purged as superstition during the Cultural Revolution. Although it is now being revived and treasured as a cultural tradition in Mainland China, these religious practices have grown in Taiwan along with its rise as a modern, economically prosperous, and progressive society. Taiwan shows in full colour its varied and extensive roots, which is vibrantly demonstrated in its ritualistic pageantry and deep-seated ancient religious traditions.
To check out their promo video and learn how to support their trip go to:http://www.indiegogo.com/spiritmedium
Metavores are Recycled Computer Art
I have been making these creatures for over 15 years now. I think that’s either amazing or crazy. But the best part is it’s still fresh to most people. It is part of a very old shop-art tradition, where scraps from a skilled workshop get turned into animorphic creatures. Lots of technicians in electronic assembly facilities have done something similar with their scraps, and told me about it. Not so many have followed the art form out into its outer reaches of narrative and metaphor.Metavores are Metaphors
obviously, and fun ones at that. The official metavore story line is under development, and there is lots of room for other imaginators to play in this universe. You can check out my (woefully out of date) website Electronic Ouroborus for the story and some pictures.Find one of your Very Own
We have a small stack of creatures available for sale at the Metavore Store, part of my Crystal Cradle interface. All our work is hand crafted in Edmonoton, Alberta, in our secret laboratory on the south side of town.
picture thanks to Luke GS.
Watching Open Source unfold is such an exciting thing. I’m one of those guys with a million and ten ideas about how to change the world and no time to do 99.9994 of them (that’s right, 16 amazing things to pay attention to!). But dropping a thought into an expanding culture… way more efficient!
A few months ago, an installation of an H13 hexayurt caught my attention: Korkalo is an artist collective in the neighbourhood of Vallila in Helsinki, Finland. They installed and inhabited a fancy MDF hexayurt in their local park to serve as a stage and gallery. The Question they Asked: what would art do in the face of a massive system disaster. The Answer as near as I can tell (only some of the material is in a language i read) ; gather people to share information, comfort, and ideas.
The stage/gallery they chose to ask this question in is a very open source project, the Hexayurt, which is a great at catching the imagination of artists and crafty people by it ease of construction and efficiency of materials. You don’t have to show this design to a builder or crafter more than once for them to have it in their emergency toolkit forever.
I like how Kuori uses some strong hinges to make this hexayurt more open than most.
” Our idea was to create a hub, an enclosed space from which things could expand and contaminate the space of Hauhonpuisto Park. For this reason we planned our hexayurt so that two of the six walls effectively become a large gate opening onto the outside space.”
check them out: http://www.paolo-caravello.com/#1748757/Kuori