Wednesday, 6 April 2011


After discussions with Justin, following my presentation, I will be concentrating on the following adaptations:
·         Plinth – Adaptations are needed to ensure that it flows into the sculpture.  I will use aluminium for the structure as it will allow the design to be more flexible.  I am also trying to emphasis the male and female form and so will adapt the plinth to be finer.   
·         I have also decided to make the windows much bigger therefore creating more visibility to the internal spine. I haven’t yet decided on the format of the windows I need to put more thought into how and what I want to make visible. A side view of the spine might be the most interesting.

The following is my most recent presentation:

Fibre Glass

I have also been carrying our research into companies who use fibre glass for creating models and designs.  Next week I hope to get into contact with one of these companies.

Thermochromatic Wallpapers

I have been ringing around different companies trying to find a supplier of this type of paint in a spray form.  I can’t find anyone who supplies this but I have found a company who is willing to change my sketches into thermochromatic wallpaper.  One of my ideas for the end of year show was to show an item made from thermochromatic material.  Wall paper would be perfect for this purpose, as I would design it to have the images of Derry/L’Derry on it.  All I would have to do is put a notice on it for people to touch it. 

3D max

I went back to the 3D modelling of my sculpture but again found this process very difficult. As a result of this I arranged a one to one session with Mark Cullen which was specific to this.  I wanted to ask Mark about setting up the different components of my models in 3D Max and also about using the site photographs to implement them into 3DMax to create virtual reality.  However, this first session concentrated on 3D Max modelling.  Mark advised me to simplify my initial and concentrate on the torso/casing. He showed me a more simplified version of creating my model on 3D Max, this was really helpful.  I hope to meet with Mark next week also. 
I want to get this sorted as quickly as possible and get all my answers to my other queries. The following images are my attempts at creating the images on 3D Max.  Obviously, I need to work on this development.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011


I would like to present some brief information about the images that I intend to use on my sculpture.  Using a chronological time line for reference I will begin with the Oak Tree.
6AD -Oak Tree. The significance of this is that the name Derry which was derived from the Gaelic word doire which means  a grove of oak trees. 

1613-Walled City.  In 1613 the walls were built around Derry. The old walled city is on the West Bank of the River Foyle and is spanned by two bridges.

1790 – Craigavon Bridge.   The first Craigavon Bridge was a wooden bridge that was built in 1790 and assembled in America.  It was transported to Derry and positioned in the Bridge Street Area about 90 m north of the present bridge.  It was built from 1789 -1791, between Bridge Street and Fountain Hill.  The structure allowed for a drawbridge as the inhabitants of Strabane had navigational rights to the River.

1830 – Shirt Factories The economy of Derry was based significantly on the textile industry until relatively recently.  The history of shirt making in the city dates back as far as 1831 and is said to have been stated by William Scott and his family who first exported shirts to Glasgow

1845- Famine – Derry Port. During the 18th and 19th Century Derry Port became an important embarkation point for Irish Emigrants setting out for North America.  Some of these founded the colonies of Derry and Londonderry in the state of New Hampshire.  During the famine it became the destination for migrants fleeing areas more severely affected by the Irish Potato Famine.  One renowned famous ship was that of Wm McCorkell & Co Ltd known as the ‘Green Yacht from Derry’.

1853- Sewing Machine – The first sewing machine was invented in 1853 and was a major tool in the developing industry of Derry/L’Derry.

1900- Derry – Strabane Railway.   The last stage of the LMS Railway line was opened in 1900.  It ran from the Victoria Road in Derry to Strabane.  Derry was an intricate part of the railway system and it was vital not only to the transport of people but also goods. 

1932- Amelia Earhart.  Amelia was the first woman pilot to cross the Atlantic.  She set off from Newfoundland heading for Britain, but landed way off course, in an open field in Culmore in Derry.

1960 – Altnagelvin Hospital.  This was the first hospital built in the United Kingdom after the Second World War.  It consised of  10 floors and was the tallest building in Derry/L’derry at this time.  The first patient was registered in 1960.

Sketches in relation to development of the sculpture: