Soccer has been an important part of life since I was a little kid. I first starting playing when I was really young, spending Saturdays with my family on the lakefront. I have always loved soccer, mostly because it is something that my dad and I share. My dad played soccer when he was young, and loved to help me practice and take me to the park to kick around a ball. My brother played for a couple years too, but he didn’t love it like I did. It was something special that I shared with my dad, something that we both had such a love and passion for. My dad often tells me a story about a day when he was 27 or 28 years old, when he had lived in Chicago for about a year or so while going to business school. He biked past the lakefront and saw all the AYSO games, kids playing soccer and parents cheering them on, and said to himself, “if I ever live here on day, I hope my kids will play here along the lakefront.” I have always loved that story, and it always makes me smile, because it came true. I played there every weekend along the lake until I was 14 years old. Soccer has been such a big part of my life, and I wouldn’t trade anything for those weekends I spent with my dad playing soccer on the lakefront. For my project I decided to make a soccer cleat, because it is a great symbol for soccer and something that I thought would be really fun to make. Making a 3-D shoe out of wire was much harder than I thought it would be, and while it was frustrating at times, I really enjoyed challenging myself. I used pictures online and my own soccer cleat to help me make my sculpture. It took a lot of trial and error, and a lot of hard work to get my shoe to look exactly how I wanted, but it was worth it. I really enjoyed doing small detailed work with the thinner wire such as the detail on the back of the shoe or the nike swoosh on the side. For my stop motion, I combined three ideas into one movie. I have always thought that it is amazing how universal the sport of soccer is, so for the first part of my stop motion, I placed my sculpture next to the shoes of different people from around the school to show how soccer can connect us all. I have always loved watching events like the World Cup, and seeing how one sport can bring us all together. For the second part of my stop motion, I wanted to show my shoe in motion. I decided to take pictures of my cleat climbing the stairs and walking and spinning along the window sill. I thought this was a good way to show all the sides of my sculpture as well. Lastly, I placed my cleat by my soccer ball. I thought this was a cool image because of the way the wire cleat stands out from my real soccer equipment. I really enjoyed this project, and I look forward to working with wire again.