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Toy Theaters started 2017  - Bird Maidens

These transformation tales occurs across many cultures around the globe - versions come from many countries in Asia, the Middle East, and throughout Europe. When the body of work is complete it will be shown concurrently across King County, WA.  The project will be a scavenger hunt through different neighborhoods, with each toy theater containing a scene from a different culture.  There will be links to an online to a map of the whole project, as well as translations of the tale in each represented language and images of the whole piece.  

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The first two prototypes and process shots are below, to see the first prototype, The Peacock Maiden,  click here. The second prototype, The Ibis Maiden, click here.

 

The 3rd prototype is from - The tale of The Adventures of Hasan of Basrah, from The book of The Thousand Nights and One Night. The bird maidens in this tale are not identified so Ibises were used.

The 2nd prototype is - The tale of The Adventures of Hasan of Basrah, from The book of The Thousand Nights and One Night.

Daylight view

Feb 2

Transparent and metallic cut vinyl, laser cut Plexiglas, Tyvek, acrylic rods, MDF, CNC routed Marine Plywood, set screw collars, aluminum, battery operated LED lights

installed behind OMSI for Portland Winter Light Festival 2018

Scene and gear box installed

January 31

Transparent and metallic cut vinyl, laser cut Plexiglas, Tyvek, acrylic rods, MDF, CNC routed Marine Plywood, set screw collars, aluminum, battery operated LED lights

full scene

Detail of scene

January 31

Transparent and metallic cut vinyl, laser cut Plexiglas, Tyvek, CNC routed marine plywood, acrylic tubing and rods, battery operated LED lights

above view

January 31

Transparent and metallic cut vinyl, laser cut Plexiglas, Tyvek, CNC routed marine plywood, acrylic tubing and rods, battery operated LED lights

Gear box with cams

January 31

CNC routed marine plywood, screen printed plywood, aluminum, acrylic tubes and rods, set screw collars, battery operated LED lights

scene from below

January 31

Transparent and metallic cut vinyl, laser cut Plexiglas, Tyvek, CNC routed marine plywood, acrylic tubing and rods, battery operated LED lights

 

finished scene

January 31

transparent and metallic cut vinyl, laser cut Plexiglas, acrylic tubing, Tyvek, MDF

fabricated scene ready for install.

Vinyl scenery

January 21

transparent and metallic cut vinyl

This part of the scene is designed for back-lighting, so the yellow and blues will glow when installed.  This is currently masked for transport without scratching but it is on clear Plexiglas so when installed it will not have the white behind the shape.

Vinyl scenery

January 22

transparent cut vinyl

These vine trellises will be layered in space throughout the scene and are also on clear laser cut Plexiglas. (like the above image they are masked for transport)

Cams for the 2nd prototype

January 19

Screen printed plywood

These eccentric cams were CNC routed, treated and screen printed. the holes are offset in different directions to allow the Ibis puppets to rise and fall at different rates.

laser cut tests

January 19

Laser cut Plexiglas

These Ibises will cut of opaque white acrylic for the final theater, but they were made of clear to test hanging apparatus, scale, as well as figuring out what parts need to be thickened. Laser was chosen over CNC routing for the ability to have tight corners, intricate detail, and a flame polished edge.

gear box face plate

January 11th

primed marine plywood

CNC routing the face plate.  There will be an acrylic window to see the cams and gears, allowing for access if repairs are needed, but keeping the public's fingers safe.

sketch of the scene

January 14th

Vector file

Assets created in Adobe Illustrator to translate into vinyl and laser cut files.  The colors will shift - this is just to easily isolate sections to separate and process a clean file that can be layered and scaled to the appropriate output format. Some elements will be opaque, transparent, and metallic in the final format.

new gear box elements

January 4th

CNC routed MDF, aluminum collars with set screws, acrylic tubes and rods

The small gear is connected to the hand crank which feeds to the large gear. If people turn the crank really fast this will slow down the inertia in the scene to keep it from jamming up or damaging the piece. Aluminum collars can be locked down on the shafts much more precisely than the hand made triangular collars used in the 1st prototype (The Peacock Maiden seen below). Acrylic tubes will keep the rods from bending and moving out of alignment. All of these modifications are from direct observation of the first piece in public use.

The first theater prototype features a scene from the Chinese version of the tale, The Peacock Maiden.

The 1st Prototype for this body of work premiered at Arts-A-Glow, the Burien Lantern festival in Dottie Harper park in conjunction with their 10 year anniversary, September 2017.

To see 2016 installation for Arts-A-Glow visit Vasilissa the Brave.

 

video and images from the install:

The Peacock Maiden, lit views

screen printed Plexiglas, cut Plexiglas, cut MDF, oak dowel, Tyvek, LED Light, screws

September 9, 2017 Arts-A-Glow Festival

Layers of Plexiglas waves are controlled by a crank below and the peacock moves using antique toy cam and crank mechanics.  

The Peacock Maiden, daylight views

  

cam shaft close up

cut MDF, oak dowel, screws

September 2017

The back and front cranks lift the wave clusters.  The round cams control the peacock and there are 3 gears along the right side to run the 3 shafts.

in process components / sketches / by products of this work:

final prototype of the protective case

cut MDF, oak dowel, screws

September 2017

Almost ready to go, just a few more cuts and its fully assembled. 

Video of the evolution of the crank mechanics

cut MDF, oak dowel, screws, Plexiglas

August - September 2017

Different stages of the crank which lifts the waves.  Special thanks to Rob Lutz for all his expertise and patience and the loan of the excellent book Cabaret Mechanical Movement by Aidan Lawrence Onn and Gary Alexander.

3rd Toy Theater Maquette with cranks and cams

cut MDF, oak dowel, screws

August 2017

Redesigned box with higher shafts and 3 gears. Cams now have lips to keep the dowel from sliding out of alignment.  2 shafts with cranks lift bars that will have slotted caps. These will lift 4 pieces of cut Plexiglas waves balanced between 2 parallel lifts.

2nd Toy Theater Maquette

cut MDF, screen printed MDF, cut Plexiglas, dowel

July 2017

These cam shapes were rejected due to steepness of the ovals and shapes that could only be turned in one direction, later eccentric wheels and cranks will be used instead. The shaft was later raised to shorten the travel distance between the lift dowels and the cams.  The wire was eliminated by extending the straight leg into the base.

1st Toy Theater Maquette

cut MDF, dowel

June 2017

The first cuts of landscape elements and the interior with cam shaft.  The waves will be tested for movements and heights.  Eventually these will be cut from transparent colored Plexiglas.

The exterior structure is designed so interchangeable elements can be swapped out for other tales in future iterations of the piece, or for replacement sections if damaged. 

Peacock Maiden puppet

3 color screen print on cut MDF

June 2017

For testing of cams in first maquette.

Peacock Maiden monoprint

one of a kind layered screen print

June 2017

Made while proofing the MDF puppets.

Peacock Maiden Puppet

cut MDF

May 2017

This puppet for the maquette will be screen printed and tested.  After the cut and mechanics are finalized the print will go on layers of CNC cut transparent Plexiglas.

Peacock Maiden

5 color screen print with clear gloss overlay as a watercolor resist.

back-lit shot.

April 2017

24" x 18"

This print was created to design the puppet in the prototype toy theater.

Swan Maiden

original sketch 

February 2017

 

This is the initial sketch of the interactive piece.  Some aspects are still getting worked out like the moving scroll which will be tackled after the showing of the first prototype.