About this project
This Project: A Design in Crystal
This project is for an innovative new form of sculpture, where etched fragments into a block of crystal reveal two different words or shapes from different views. The words are composed of straight lines in a 3D "cloud" of pieces, where only certain angles show the hidden forms.
It may not look it, but these three photos are of the same object
These images show a crystal that reads "form" from one side and "function" from another, using an old design and made as a test piece. My dream with this Kickstarter, though, is to make a new design that could go to hundreds of people! If you like these sculptures and want to support them, please consider backing my project. If you can't do that but like what you see, send me a message anyway; it's my first time designing for a public audience, and kind words would mean a lot.
Even though the crystals are cut by lasers, they're still designed by a real person (me!), and all of the design is done by hand using pencil and paper.
I came up with the sculpture idea when I was still in high school, and I've built a few different pieces using this method. The designs are done almost entirely on paper, with a scientific calculator or a spreadsheet for some of the harder math.
My second sculpture, Work and Play
Before now, these sculptures have always been big - a few cubic feet at least - because it's simply easier to build. They were handmade out of metal, wood, or plastic, and were "tuned" by eye to line everything up.
Angel and Devil
The form/function design shown in the crystal above was commissioned by Northwestern University in 2005 to be designed and built for the Ford Design Center on campus. (A special thanks to Northwestern University and Professor Ed Colgate for their amazing support!)
Because we live in a three-dimensional universe, three images are the maximum number you can have where every piece of the sculpture is used in all views. If you took away that restriction, you could have a nearly infinite number of images, but the sculpture would work very differently. I do two images because the mathematics needed get exponentially more challenging, and some of the tricks I use to make it clearer don't work with three images.
That design was made for the Segal Design Institute at Northwestern University, so I don't want to produce copies without speaking with them first. I'll update this page if that design becomes available.
I'm not sure yet! Past designs have been opposites (heaven/hell, work/play, good/evil, angel/devil, etc.) but I want to try and be a little more clever here. If this is a big determinant in whether or not you want to pledge, I'll try and finalize on a design at least a week before the Kickstarter ends, so you can check back to decide then. I promise you I'll work hard to make it generally well-liked!
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