Portable Hexayurt Base

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.

 

 

 

 


hexa-bustle – extending your hexayurt with wings

picture of a proposed add-on plan for hexayurts
top and bottom view of a 8′ and a 4′ wing wrap around for a basic Hexayurt

Introducing the Hexa-Bustle or Hexa Pavillion

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.

 

 

RotoGoboScope : Light + Motion Sculpture

we took some pictures of the rotogoboscope motion light sculpture at the gallery it will be displayed at until april 2012
a motion light sculpture captured with still photography

What is this RotoGoboScope?

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?

Soon. There aren’t any ready made, but you can commission one.   This one is rent-able for special events. The Can-O-Lantern series of lamps are available at Crystal Cradle.

Kuori, Helinski : the role of art and culture in a natural catastrophy

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!

an open hexayurt infoshop/ stage/ gallery
an open hexayurt infoshop/ stage/ gallery

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

hexagazebo!

a design mockup of a hexayurt based gazebo
a hexagazebo!

a question was asked on the hexayurt google group (if you like hexayurts in a big nerdy way, and are not already on that list, why not browse over to http://groups.google.com/group/hexayurt/ to add yourself) about hexayurt based gazebo structures.

i have had this file in my pocket for a few months, done up extra special for a top-secret art installation, so i cleaned up the secret parts to show the basic framework of the hexa-gazebo.

i imagine this design to work best with plywood triangles, this may in fact be my only all-triangle hexafamilly design.  maybe not.  there are a lot of fun things to do with triangles.

as it has not been built, i do not know how strong the plan is.  there are a few places where extra reinforcement may be needed.  they are noted with simple lines-  between the base points of the Leg Triangles, and from the center of the 3 open wall spaces.  putting a 2×2 or something similar there would also allow convenient attachment of bug screens, drapes, or whatever else the local ecosystem needs for comfort.

here is the downloadable sketchup (version 8) file:

as noted in the file and picture, these pictures and files are available under the creative commons license (CC BY-SA) -attribution, share-alike;
and since i had to look it up to find out what i meant, here is the link to cc-by-sa 3.0.  hope you found it as educational as i did :)  actually, i hope everyone already knows all about it, cause it’s awesome.

 

enjoy!

(and send me pictures if you build one!)

Astral Harvest Lantern Installation

the top of a Lantern Tower at Astral Harvest
Lantern Tower

A big part of my art is site specific lighting installations. I created a new set of cad + waterjet woodcut Lanterns and Light Towers for Astral Harvest. Fun times.

Extending my scope of action is always a fun thing to do, even the painful learning curves (of Adobe Illustrator for example) become satisfying and even enjoyable after the fact. even if it is often takes months.

I had a lot of help from people: Scott Davis did pretty much all of the metal drilling cutting and welding. I’m borrowing a flamethrower from Dancing Wolf. Christy Boulter reminded me of the giant lenses from warehouse HID lighing, available at several re-used building supplies stores. And Austen at Hydrosion has been amazing at turning my vector pictures into finely sliced wood.


Hexayurt Mods – tentayurt

the hexatent, or tentayurt.  this model is part of a hexayurt mashup adventure i had late at night one day.  it may or may not have any advantages over the traditional hexayurt.  what it does have is the same number of triangles and rectangles as a regular hexayurt in a different form.

suitable to make you think different at the very least.  i’m also looking at the places where there are 8′ edges as locations that can be expanded with more flat panels.

sketchup (8) model :


Hexayurt!

one of my artistic areas of exploration is semi-permanent shelters.  this comes from a situation i find myself in often: The Festival. Festival is a great place to gather people, re-affirm cultural values, breakdown habits, and practice life could be different.

one of Life Could Be Different is what if there were a Big Problem.  like a disaster.  for example.  or it’s time for the hippies to Go Back To The Land.  (not in itself a problem, but problems would likely arise).

So..

one of my ongoing projects is Pavilion, an exploration into many kinds of shelter structures.  i’ve done geodesic domes, icosahedrons (starpods),  multi-dome jams, and now.. HEXAYURTS.

if you check out the fun at www.hexayurt.com you’ll see people into the same vibe. The basic idea is to build a shelter with 4’x8′ material (foam, cardboard, plywood, osb…etc).  use 6 for the walls in a hexagon pattern, and then 6 more for the roof by making one full diagonal cut and flipping the triangles together to make a big triangle.  attach with tape (for foam or cardboard material) or shape cutouts of the two angles (wood).  et voila.  a shelter that costs 1/5th of a standard humanitarian aid tent, and lasts 10x as long.

we started with an outdoor stage for our community’s annual fall equinox gathering Symmetree. our first yurt, a stage for earthdance edmonton @ symmetree 2010

the model, courtesy of Scott (rocketscott at ohyah.ca), we used to build our stage with.

166’2 floor space. just enough for the dj.

we flipped some triangles around to make a slightly more useful amount of space with the hexayurt concept.  we call this mod h13.

with two panels for each of the 6′ walls (overlapped cause we didn’t want to deal with extra cuts) , we ended up using 16 4×8 panels for structure and 2 more for deco.

below is a gallery of hexayurtism.

including some (lots) of future dreams.