Saturday, October 25, 2014

'Concrete Ships, Solar Eclipse with Falcon Song'

Migrating south from Maryland we set up for a couple of days at Kiptopeke State Park, Virginia which is a unique coastal habitat featuring sea turtles, pelicans and a major flyway for migratory birds on the southern tip of the Chesapeake Bay Barrier Islands. 


 After an initial stormy start ..... what spectacular timing! we were fortunate enough to witness the Partial Solar Eclipse over the Bay. I took this photograph looking west from Kiptopeke Beach October 23rd. The shadow of the moon  moving in front of the sun looks like the Sun has a bite taken out of it. Seen here setting over the WWII Concrete Ships.

The bay is home to whole a fleet of these concrete ships, their arrangement echoed that of a the falcon sonogram we made.

Waken by the bird song day and night the most prominent seemed to be the Peregrine Falcons.

Paul Higham collided these two data sets together much like the passing of the Moon in front of the Sun to produce this new site specific 3D Print which was printed on site in the Solar Airstream Fab Lab. 

'Concrete Ships, Solar Eclipse with Falcon Song'    Prototyped in Clear Pla on site at Kiptopeke State Park, VA : October 24th 2014

Paul watching the Partial Solar Eclipse : Photo Coral Lambert

Next Stop North Carolina
Public Lecture at University of NC at Greensboro 5pm Monday 27th October 2014
Public Lecture at Davidson College 7pm Weds 29th October 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

'A Goal is a Dream with a Deadline'


Having been on the road for about three days now we arrived at Salisbury University where we were invited to Lecture and set up the Solar Airstream Fab Lab in Red Square : its a red brick square in the center of campus. We found a Fortune Cookie with a surprisingly interesting fortune and decided that this was a sign towards making it the 1st scan on the Space Coast Tour. The fortune cookie itself has a discrete mathematical form and message.

 The Scanner is set up inside the Airstream to scan objects found along the journey.
 The scanner produces a 3d model which is then sent directly over to the 3D printer.

Paul Higham is preparing the 3d model for printing, seen here sharing the process with sculptor James Hill.

The scan has been scaled up to 125%, it is verified and processed ready and took 2 hrs to print. We produced 2 prints, one of which will be cast in bronze and will be available to purchase.

The 3D Print is printed with a 'raft' which is a base plate and scaffolding which is picked off to reveal the sculpture once it has finished printing.

'A Goal is a Dream with a Deadline : Red Square Fortune Cookie' Printed on site in the Solar Airstream Fab Lab October 21st 2014

Thanks to our host Bill Wolff, Sculpture Professor at Salisbury University pictured here on the left with Paul Higham and visitor James Hill. 
Thanks also to all the students and faculty who came by to see us today.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Solar Airstream Fab Lab T-Shirts now available !

We are pleased to announce that the new T-shirt design is now available to purchase online. All shirts will be screen printed on 100% black cotton using silver ink. Please use the side bar to select your size and we will ship it directly to you or hunt us down on the road and buy one in person! All sizes $20 including shipping.

First ten people to order online will receive a special and unique 'On Tour' postcard !