Polyhedra in nature
Polyhedra in design/culture
Eggs in Nature
I found these two images interesting because of what we talked about in class. Our professor pointed out that eggs will take on different shapes depending on how far up the nest is from the ground. The shape helps keep the eggs inside the nest. One reason why eggs aren’t perfect circles is because, if they were, they could easily role around and, potentially, fall out of the nest.
Eggs in Design/Culture
A Target sponsored dinner displayed 16,000 eggs to strengthen the theme, The Future You. Target said, “The egg symbolizes potential for the future—a fitting theme for an evening of thought-provoking conversation and connection.”
The event designer was David Stark. The guests started off the dinner by breaking open a hallow egg that would reveal the seating assignments.
All the eggs were donated to local organizations after the event.
I then used cut and tape techniques to put together this open polyhedron.
I chose two every day materials, pencil shavings and cough drop rappers. I researched them and chose them as the mundane materials I would use to create an egg prototype.
I examined archimedians and their nets and then made an egg out of paper.
I folded the wrappers of cough drops and then taped them closed.
Next I experimented with ways of putting the pumpkin seeds and rappers together.
I experiment with different ways of aligning the seeds and rappers into egg shapes.
I made an egg out of the pumpkin seeds by making a net of different sized triangles that were then closed together with wire. I did later adjustments so that the egg would have a better shape. I did so by attaching the triangles side to side at the base of the egg and point to point at the top of the egg. Therefore the top of the egg was lighter because it had more negative space.
I created a second egg by folding cough drop rappers. I poked two holes in each rapper and strung wire through them. I made three long strands that crossed in the middle and then one horizontal string. After folding the pieces up into an egg shape, I tied the extra wire at their ends together to keep the shape in place.
These are the final eggs.
The two black boards at the top have material arrangements and short descriptions about the materials, how they are made, and why I chose them. On the bottom left is a print out of the cough drop information sheet. On the right is a draft of the pumpkin seed egg manual.
After finishing the two material eggs, I started on my 3D printed egg. I used Rhino to create my egg.
After designing the egg in illustrator, I 3D printed it.
I also created “How To” diagrams.
We then started working on the crate that would hold the three eggs.
I made my first prototype out of reused cardboard.
Then I bought wood and measured out pieces of 4 inch widths and 10 inch lengths.
I then cut out sections of 1/4 an inch, every 1 inch.
I cut 12 of these out.
Then I cut 7 pieces that were 4 inches wide and 16 inches long.
I put the crate together and then cut out sections to hold the eggs.
I sanded these cut out sections.
Then I put the crate back together.