Circus Star by Anika Jagasia


Multiples 100+

Anika Jagasia

100+ of any object your choice


The idea behind the Multiples 100+ project was to use over 100 of the same material in order to assemble a sculpture. The first step I took in the Multiples 100+ project was to pick out a material that I could build off of. To be completely honest, picking a material was the hardest part. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to work with 100 spoons or 100 paper straws. After some time, while experimenting with both materials, I took more of a liking to the paper straws. I was able to transform the paper straws in more ways than I could if I used spoons. The paper straws could be strung together, bended to a certain shape, or resized.

Initially, going into the project, I had the idea of creating a wreath in spirit of Christmas. However, prior to attempting the wreath I looked online for inspiration and decided to build one geometric shape that would use 100 paper straws. The process of building the one big star was enjoyable. I started by building a 3-dimensional pentagon base that I could string through 3-dimensional triangles and layer the triangles on top of each other. To simplify the process, I used one piece of yellow thread to string triangles upon triangles together. If the string was ever to short I simply tied another piece to the end of the yellow thread. In addition, in the beginning, it was a struggle to get the yellow thread through the long straws so I created a make-shift needle longer than the paper straws in order to speed up the process.

Even though I only needed 10 more straws to fulfill the project requirement, I decided that to make my project better I was going to have to use far more than 100. Since the center of my geometric star was empty, I added a pyramidal shape in the middle to give my star more of a depth. In addition, I thought it would be neat to add small geometric stars or shapes hanging from the tips of the star to elongate my sculpture. To further elongate my structure I chose to hang my sculpture, similar to the chandelier project. In the end, I used a total of 144 straws to complete my hanging geometric sculpture.

Working with paper straws taught me how to work efficiently and time management skills. Since I was struggling at the beginning to string through the yellow thread through the straw, I created a makeshift needle out of a piece of extra wire left over from the Chandlier Project. The makeshift needle I created helped me work more efficiently, which saved me lots of time. Also, I learned that it’s ok to sometimes just play with the materials and see what they lead to instead of always following step by step instructions. For example, I pushed myself out of my comfort zone by letting myself simply play and experiment with leftover straws from the star to create the smaller shapes. Looking back, I am glad I pushed myself to follow my instinct instead of instructions on building the smaller shapes because my geometric shapes turned out well and I am proud of them.

The idea behind my Circus Star is celebration. One of my inspirations I had was basing my circus star off of Himmeli, a traditional Finnish decoration celebrating Christmas. The more unique and grand the Himmeli sculpture was, the better the farmer’s harvest would be. I believe if I were a farmer my harvest would be very successful because my Himmeli sculpture has a powerful individuality and is visually bold.

I would relate the 100+ Multiples project to preparing for a foreign language interview. In the past, prior to my Spanish interview, I would familiarize myself with the theme of the interview and play around with different questions that I could be asked. I would go into the interview with an initial idea of what to say but would always end up going a different path and following my instincts on what to say. The multiples project and preparing for a Spanish interview/foreign language interview are similar in ways such as going into the project with an initial idea and preparing for it, but ending up finding a new path to follow during the process, guided entirely by instincts.

The 100+ Multiples project taught me to work efficiently and find strategic ways to manage my time. I am proud of my geometric star and shapes I built because in each one of them, I put in all my effort and care. But, if I were to go back in time and start the project over, I would probably have wanted to create a plan on wisely using my straws because close to the end it was tough building geometric shapes with scraps of paper straws.

To conclude, I learned a lot from the 100+ Multiples 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 sculpture and am very proud of all the time and effort I put into building it. However, if I were to build my sculpture again, I would add more layers to make the sculpture longer and string in more bar ties to make the walls of my sculpture to appear more dense.

#circusstar #geometric #shapes #star #paperstraws


Initially, I had the idea of creating a paper straw wreath in celebration of the upcoming holidays.

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Below is one of the many pictures I found that inspired my to build geometric shapes out of the paper straws.

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Below are a few snapshots of the process I took in constructing my Circus Star Sculpture.

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Overall, I am proud of the effort and care I put into building my Circus Star sculpture. Below I have added three views of my final sculpture.

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