Coliseum — Anika Jagasia
Wire Chandelier Project
The objective of the wire chandelier project was to construct a chandelier inspired by a unique piece of architecture. I chose the Coliseum because after visiting it a few years ago, I remember its simplicity, the grand size and its magnificently built arches. The steps leading up to the finished chandelier were lengthy yet enjoyable. The first step was to create a sketch of a wire chandelier with an architectural inspiration in mind. Next, I gathered my materials. From the the range of wires, from thinnest to thickest gauges, I chose the thickest wire for my three bases and the bar ties to connect the two bases together. Then, I cut three peices of wire for the bases, each 63 inches in length, straightened them, twisted them to be more sturdy, and connected the ends of the wires so they’d formed a three tiered ring. Next, I strung my bar ties, connecting the three base rings and forming two layers. I did not string my bar ties arbitrarily; my pattern was 57 alternating bar ties strung on the bottom and 46 bar ties on the top, This alternating pattern created an opening on the top and bottom layers, resembling the Coliseum’s arches. In addition, I wanted to make my chandelier unique from the Coliseum, I decided to have two arches on the top and bottom and one opening on both top and bottom. The final step was to connect my chandelier to the light bulb cage.
Initially, going into the wire chandelier project I presumed this project to be much more difficult than it was. In the beginning, I was hesitant to start because I had no solid steps in mind for completing the chandelier that I drew in my sketch. However, I learned to strategize and follow a process that was time efficient by writing down steps for myself to follow as well as goals I need to accomplish before the next class. The completion of my chandelier made me realize the effectiveness of going into a project with a time efficient process in mind. The process of constructing my chandelier forced me to work on time management and strategy skills.
I would relate the wire chandelier project to a chemistry lab. Both tasks require you to observe your available materials, create a procedure and follow it within a limited time. Patience and focus is essential in completing a lab or wire chandelier that you feel proud of. Finally, going into a chemistry lab or constructing a wire chandelier you are not totally sure what the final result will be but you have a prediction.
The wire chandelier project taught me how to build and construct with wire. In the future, there might be an opportunity for me to work further with wire and possibly build another sculpture.
To conclude, I learned a lot from the wire chandelier project. I learned the vital role of having a step by step plan to achieve my envisioned sculpture and the importance of time efficiency to complete a project. I feel happy about my chandelier and am very proud of all the time and effort I put into building it. However, if I were to build my chandelier again, I would add more layers to make the chandelier longer and string in more bar ties to make the walls of my chandelier to appear more dense.
Below are a few snapshots of the steps I took to constructing my chandelier. My process I took can be summarized in two steps. First, I strung the bar ties alternating which layer to string them onto. Afterward, I connected the rings together to form a standing Coliseum inspired chandelier.
I’ve also added a couple pictures of my final wire chandelier below.
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