Last week was Nilk, the finest day of music and arts to be had in Dundee's Botanic Gardens. I was asked to make a big decorative N for the event - I ended up making one inspired by box kites, to be hung from a tree. Here it is rigged up in the courtyard of the studios:
The form is a bit of a geometric fun: the N is viewable from both the front and below, thanks to Rhinoceros, Boolean intersections and the UnrollSrf command, which can lay out all faces of a 3D object flat for you to make cutting patterns from!
The thing is constructed out of ripstop nylon offcuts (from the magnificent GPA
) and bamboo stakes (from the gardening shop), sewn and cable-tied together, plus a little insulation tape. Many thanks to Fergus
for his advice here, I'd never have guessed that insulation tape sticks so well to bamboo and not to nylon!
I couldn't make it up there for the day sadly, so I made an Instructable as installation instructions here