Golden Section Gauge and Planar Project (Space and Materiality)

For my next Space and Materiality Project, the class is moving from 3-D dimensional plaster molds into more refined and, dare I say, metallic planar forms and surfaces and into applying learned concepts regarding the Golden Section or the Golden Mean. As part of our next Planar Project, I had to build a Golden Section Gauge/Measuring Tool (that, when extended, no matter how much, the relationship or ratio between one “half” and the other would always be one of 1:1.6), and then use it to trace lines or shapes equidistant based on the principles of the Golden Section on a large 18 by 24 piece of Bristol paper. Below is what my result was (individuals will get different results– no two planar forms will ever be the same due to the possibilities of shapes both pointy and curved, triangular and circular), which resembles the streak of a comet when looked at as if it were some sort of religious glass acrylic painting.

Comet-like Golden Section Planar with Gauge

Throughout the next few classes, my class moved on to the next phases of the Golden Section planar project– enlarging our initial forms on tracing paper by first creating grids, that would allow us to then re-trace our initial forms into new materials for them to be cut and then assembled. In my case, I took my initial forms that I drew on the Bristol paper to your left, traced them on tracing paper after creating a 1 x 1 grid on it, then re-traced these forms on other pieces of tracing paper on a 1.25 x 1.25 grid to make them larger. After enlarging them by a factor of 1.25, I then re-traced those forms over two pieces of Bristol paper and cut them out to obtain these forms physically. Below are my pictures of the traced paper versions of my forms, my cutouts, and what I managed to assemble them into.

Traced forms (1 x 1 grid)




Traced forms (1.25 x 1.25 grid)

Bristol paper Cutouts

Bristol Cutouts “Assembled” (looks almost like a dragon or monster)

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