As many of you have heard, the sculpture department is in search of a new faculty member since Mark Dixon was under a temporary position. The job is now being opened to three candidates, including Mark himself. Today, I traveled over to Hege Cox to view Marks workshop session with a rather large group of individuals, professors and students. This opportunity was awesome to see in action; the Quaker tradition of including students in the process was highly impressive.
The turn out for the workshop was successful in my opinion and the end result of the inflatable tetrahedron was a collaborative production that drew in several outsiders walking by as well. Basically, Mark instructed the group to work with a 10 foot wide material which stretched across the table. First, he included a paper model which proposed how the final piece would function. In basic terms, the group taped together a tube shape, then the tetrahedron and then connected the two materials together. This process was refreshing to witness because of the interaction between the students and professors, all working together, on a collaborative piece. The fan (any size will inflate the material) is then attached to the tube which connects to the overall finished product.
Once everything was taped together and attached, the participants took the material outside, plugged the fan in, taped it down and turned it on. Pretty quickly the inflatable piece started to turn into the desired shape that Mark had introduced to the group in his model.
Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the two other candidates worships and presentations so I cannot compare any of them to Marks. Overall, I think the interactive piece was beneficial for Mark and effective as a community collaboration.