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This is a piece of public art designed to raise awareness of prostate cancer in a playful and slightly shocking manner. The hand is posed as if ready ...
As this was just a one-off prototype, I decided to make the hand out of plaster poured into a disposable alginate mold. I originally planned to make t...
Using cardboard, I made a box just large enough to fit my posed hand into without touching the sides. I then lined this with a plastic bag to make it ...
Dental alginate is fantastic stuff. When you mix it with water, it forms a thick gunk that rapidly sets into a flexible and slightly damp-feeling rubb...
I quickly poured the alginate into the lined box and plunged my gloved right hand into it, posing it in the position of someone performing a digital r...
Once I was certain the alginate had set, I wriggled my fingers loose and gently withdrew my hand from block of alginate, leaving a negative mold of my...
To estimate how much plaster I'd need, I half-filled a large measuring jug with water and submerged my hand to see how much water it displaced. I then...
With the plaster set, I stripped away the cardboard and the plastic bag to reveal a rough cuboid of alginate. I then pulled this apart bit by bit, ta...
The various imperfections in the copy of my otherwise perfect hand were fixed with a little bit of sanding, re-plastering and sanding again. I also tr...
To paint the hand, I first sprayed on a layer of white primer. Once this had dried, I masked off everything below the edge of the glove with tape and...
I designed the sign in Adobe Illustrator, saved it as an EPS file and used an Epilog laser cutter to engrave it into a sheet of masked white acrylic. ...
Now that I had my sculpture and plaque made, I needed a way to attach them to a public bench. To avoid being accused of outright vandalism, I wanted ...
Now that I had my finished sculpture and plaque, I just needed to find somewhere to install them in the wild.
This bench was in a suitably scenic spot.
Here we have an official looking public service announcement installed for passers-by to see. Let's hope it reminds a few people to get tested! And l...
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