Last but not the least is the seventh natural wonder, the harbor of Rio de Janeiro. The harbor was discovered in 1502, when Portugese explorer Goncalo Coelho and his crew arrived at the harbor thinking it to be an entrance to an enormous river. So they named it ‘Rio de Janeiro’ or ‘January River’. But it was actually a harbor, surrounded by huge, oddly-shaped mountains with a lopsided peak of a bare granite standing more than 1000m tall. The Portugese called it ‘Pao de Acucar’ or ‘sugarloaf’.
Since the Pao de Acucar is older than the statue of Christ the Redeemer, I decided to make it the base for my work.
To recreate a feel of the same, I came up with the options of painting it on a canvas, using origami to create something similar or create the effect of granite on paper and fold it into a cone. But to try something new, I took up origami.
So after a lot of research and videos, I understood how to make 3D triangles in origami.
And after creating a few mountains of multiple sizes, I set them up against blue paper that I used to create a feel of the ocean and the sky. I even cut out a small section of yellow paper to show the little township at the base of the mountains.
The large white cone resembles the Pao de Acucar. I kept it in a distinct shade to differentiate it from the rest of the mountain range. And in this manner, I had my very own prototype of the Rio harbor.
- ‘The Harbor At Rio De Janeiro’, accessed Sept 9 2015, http://www.unmuseum.org/7wonders/rio.htm
- ‘Make An Origami Pyramid’, accessed Sept 9 2015, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaXqIoeIjak
Victoria Falls, located at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe in Africa, is considered the largest waterfall in the world. It is the only waterfall to be more than a kilometer in length and more than a hundred meters in height. The falls can be seen from almost 50 feet away and can be heard from almost 40 feet away. The mist rises almost 400 meters high. The locals, in earlier days, had a sacral fear about the falls and would not dare go close to it. When the falls were discovered by Scottish missionary David Livingstone, he was so awestruck by the view, he said even angels must be admiring it while flying.
Seeing this photo of Victoria Falls felt like it had an entire world enclosed within itself, a sacred world of magic.
A lot of religions around the world use the concept of mandalas to symbolize a microcosm of the universe. In this microcosm, I used symbols of the magic circle to depict the mysticism of this view. The two concepts are closely intertwined in terms of their symbols, colors and illustrative outlays.
After sketching out my whole idea, I moved to step 1 of prototyping.
So the first step was to create an outline combining the two together.
The outline had to then be overlayed onto the image of the waterfall and combined the two using clipping mask. Then some color was added to add to the mysticism. The waterfall is a faint background to the mandala showing how it is part of a bigger world and still has so much to itself that is not seen by the world. The angels are there viewing it from another realm and brewing magic somewhere in it, but it is not visible to us.
- ‘Victoria Falls’, accessed Sept 8 2015, http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/world-heritage/victoria-falls/
- ‘Magic Circle’, accessed Sept 8 2015, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_circle
- ‘Mandala’, accessed Sept 8 2015, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandala
- ‘Victoria Falls’, accessed Sept 8 2015, http://victoriafallstourism.org/
The next wonder on my list is the Paricutin Volcano, located in Michoacon, Mexico. It is considered one of the wonders as it is the youngest volcano to form in the Northern Hemisphere, being fully documented by modern science.
The origin of the volcano began with a small crack in the ground and rumbling sounds. The crack the grew into a fissure and the fissure began gaining height and turning into hot soil. It was at a height of about 6 feet, when it first emitted fumes and smell of sulphur.
Since it’s inception was in a cornfield, I decided to go with food for the volcano. A chocolate cake seemed most suitable for the base since it gives an earthen look.
The best way to create the smoke without dry ice is ideally to use vinegar and baking soda. But I did not want to spoil the cake, so went with testing the theory of mentos and soda.
The first attempt to show the birth of the volcano was using Ginger ale as the soda. That created only a small fizz.
So the second attempt was using Coke and mentos. A small amount of coke with 3 mentos was sufficient to create the effect of rising volcano.
Mount Everest, located in Nepal, is the world’s highest peak. It is a part of the Himalayan mountain ranges. Climbing it requires dedication, concentration, perseverance, patience and skill.
As kids, we developed some of these attributes playing board games in small groups. That’s how I decided to create a simple virtual board game that would allow me to climb Mount Everest.
While creating the game, there were a lot of things to consider. The layout was intended to show the two routes to climb the mountain, and the various base camp locations. There being only two routes is the reason to keep only 2 players. So each player rolls a virtual dice and depending on the number, the movement of ascending or descending the mountain would appear in a message.
The game was developed in processing to be played by two players using the ‘r’ key and the mouse click.
It is not the most complicated game in terms of playing, but is more about having the patience and determination to complete it.
- ‘Mount Everest’, accessed Sept 6 2015, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Everest
- ‘Mount Everest: The Highest Mountain In The World’, accessed Sept 6 2015, http://climbing.about.com/od/mountainclimbing/a/EverestFacts.htm
The Great Barrier Reef has been the growth of living coral reef over dead coral reef for over twenty million years. For millennia, it has been the breeding place for coral, algae, anemones, sponges, fish, and many other aquatic species. But since 1985 , it has lost more than half its coral owing to reasons like pollution, climate change, overfishing, shipping and so on. A lot of it owes to humans and their interaction with the environment through development of technology over the years.
On reading about the reef, I identified a lot of facts and myths about it. So the initial idea was to create a diary with each shape as a page and a myth or fact on every page. But the more crucial aspect of the reef was its depletion and loss of life over the years; which lead me to the idea of a flip book.
The flip book is like a paper-based gif image which I find interactive and interesting. So I used the flip book as a two-way book to show the formation of the reef piece by piece. At the same time, if flipped in the opposite direction, it shows the depletion and eventually extinction of the reef in the next few centuries.
To start off with, I drew out the pages.
Then filled out the pages using photo inks.
Then bound them together to complete the book.
The designs of the reef in the flip book are inspired from designs by Yellena James and images of the reef on google.
- ‘The Great Barrier Reef’, accessed Sept 5 2015, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Barrier_Reef
- ‘History of the Great Barrier Reef’, accessed Sept 5 2015, http://www.greatbarrierreef.org/history.php
- ‘Range’, accessed Sept 5 2015, http://yellena.com/gallery/
The Grand Canyon is the second natural wonder on my list. Located in the state of Arizona; the canyon was carved by the Colorado River, eroding the Colorado plateau layer by layer for centuries.
Observing the layers of the canyon, I tried understanding the layers of impact humans have on the environment with their technology.
Carry forwarding the thoughts invoked during the reading of Skinterfaces, I used the grand canyon as base to show how humans impact their environment, unaware of the consequences and often want to start over but don’t always have the option to.
The idea was to represent the grand canyon as a human face and show the layering as human interaction with the environment. To depict it better, I created green dots as symbols of every interaction with our surroundings which do not directly affect us and are not visible on the layers we are currently at, but remain behind us perpetually. There is little or nothing we can do to change it, until the cycle of nature starts again.
Aurora is a natural light display in the sky; known as aurora borealis or northern lights in in the high northern latitudes and aurora australis or southern lights in the high southern latitudes. It is a product of energetic charged particles held in place, around the earth, by the planet’s magnetic field.
I tried to understand the phenomenon and create a similar effect using torchlight.
Taking inspiration from fellow classmates’ manifestation of Vannevar Bush and wanting to reverse the view master effect, I created a fake aurora picture on parchment paper and tried projecting it on the wall with torchlight. However, nothing was projected. I realized the reason was the image I drew was using color pencils, as the paper would not hold paint. However, the medium was too light against the intensity of the light.
So I went on to experiment shadows of light on the wall using a regular glass jar at home. The outcome came quite close to what I had imagined.
Then inspired by psychedlic paint shop (@psychedelcpaint), I thought of converting it into a 3D wall mounting of the aurora’s magnetic impression.
Further editing and experimenting with the video on premier pro led me to create a look of the magnetic field, that leads to the aurora, to be put up as a 3D wall mounted frame.