After the first day of research, I have discovered some very unique viewing platforms, my favorite of which overlooks the Grand Canyon- The Grand Canyon Skywalk. It took two and a half years of construction and some intense engineering before the Skywalk was rolled out over the canyon. It hangs about 4,000 feet above the Colorado River. I think we can take away some cool construction and design ideas for our own platform from this one. If you have a minute, check it out.
We received the sketch of Mr. Yamamoto’s concept for the Spoleto Festival yesterday. Very cool! It will be similar to his previous “Floating Garden” pieces. It’s definitely going to be a challenge to create a platform that can travel with Spoleto. We were thinking that another route may be to use natural materials that can also
be used to package the salt from the artwork in a more environmentally friendly way than plastic. We still have a lot of research to do before we make any design decisions.
Today was the day of our official Laser Cutter workshop, so when it comes time we can make models to test out our ideas. Some time next week we will be going to take measurements of the room at the gallery. So far we know that we have 14′ ceilings, so that means plenty of height to view Motoi’s work from above. Though we won’t be hovering quite as high as the Skywalk, it should be interesting!