House of Cards

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I created a house of cards. This sculpture is in the shape of the capitol building. Just like the show House of Cards, this sculpture comments on politics. The phrase is to talk about how politics are a kind of game, and if there is one wrong move, everything could crumble. I also intentionally used red and blue cards. The viewer can interpret it however they chose, but to me, the colors represent that both major political parties are mostly separated but they have to come together to run the country. 

In order the make this sculpture, I bought 4 packs of cards (so in the end I used 208 cards). I used the reference image above, and attempted to scale the building to a much smaller size. I then stacked the cards two rows high. In order to create the base for the dome I arranger the cards in a circle, folded on top of each other. In order to construct the dome, first, I soaked the cards in hot water to make them moldable. Then, I arranged the cards on a sphere and lathered them in Yes Glue.

I had to come up with a design as I went because I had no specific instructions on how to construct the bases. Because of this, there were many times where I had to remove a card from the sculpture after I had already hot glued it down. If I could do the sculpture again, I would make sure I knew what I was doing before using the hot glue. My only complaint about the sculpture is that I wish it were more clean. This would come from less tearing of cards post hot glue.



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