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For my senior thesis project at MICA, I am constructing a large human driven, kinetic, public art sculpture, to be installed on campus.
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Final blueprints for Ripple installation at Cohen Plaza, perspective layout
Final blueprints for Ripple installation at Cohen Plaza, perspective layout

 Hi, I am Kevin Cook. I am a Baltimore Artist in the process of completing my final semester studying interdisciplinary sculpture at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art). For my senior thesis project, I am constructing a large human driven, kinetic, public art installation called Ripple in Cohen Plaza in the heart of campus. The project features a modularly built cam shaft which creates ripples in the Cohen water fountain and projects light through the surface of the water onto the surrounding environment. The piece will be featured in the first weeks of May for Vigil, a 24 hour music performance as well as the 2016 MICA Commencement Show : ArtWalk.

Planning sketch for Ripple maquette
Planning sketch for Ripple maquette

After a year of research, development, and experimentation, I have received permission to commence with the construction of Ripple. I have spent the past year learning and utilizing new processes and materials to better understand the movement and fabrication of kinetic devices. I believe this work will showcase my particular design style as well as the the processes and experimentation I have explored throughout my artistic career at MICA. The piece will be highly interactive and will transform its surroundings to create a beautiful, accessible, thought provoking, funky sweet experience for its users. 

Ripple maquette
Ripple maquette

Right now I have the materials to build one of the five modules necessary for the full construction. I am using this first module to troubleshoot the functionality of each individual component: bearings/rotation, fabrication, joinery, hinging, levers, and the projection of light through the fountain. I need your support in funding the construction of the 4 remaining modules. Each module costs approximately $1000 in materials for a total of $4000. The remaining $1000 in funding when we reach our goal will be used for installation costs, tooling, transportation, and the creation/delivery of the backer rewards. If I don’t reach this goal of $5000 I will need to make modifications to my design which will severely decrease the impact of the finished product.

Ripple maquette (detail)
Ripple maquette (detail)

 I want to do this one right. I will be busting my ass over the next couple of months to make this dream become a reality and I don’t want to settle for anything short of the monumental impact I believe this piece can achieve. If you are able to contribute, thank you. Regardless, I hope you will visit Ripple in May during Vigil, ArtWalk or Commencement to see it in action. Vigil takes place on 5/7/16, ArtWalk is on 5/12/16, and commencement is 5/16/16. Thank you for reading!

Ripple maquette (detail featuring light projection)
Ripple maquette (detail featuring light projection)

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges that I face include the alignment of the cam shaft and all associated flanges. The maquette that I have built is fully functional but at full scale in its home at Cohen Plaza, it will be a challenge to make sure that the cam shaft lines up exactly as needed to make all of the pieces move as I intend.

The other major challenge that I face is time. I have already begun construction but this is a large piece and I will be working quickly to ensure it is installed in time for Vigil on 5/7.

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    Limited edition woodblock print inspired by the creation of Ripple.
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    Original maquette (fully functional) for Ripple.
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    Original framed watercolor: Leidsestraat (approximately 30" x 40")
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