Planning for Materials and Tasks
The only material we had in mind from the beginning was the legos, but we were not sure about the railing yet , and undecided about the other elements, so we had a conversation on our whatsapp group to decide and divide the tasks .
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Summary of conversation :
- Aaqifa and Nimrah thought about making the railing by recycling water bottles and using modroc to make it hard.
- Aaqifa and Charlie were looking for places to find the right size of legos ew need.
- Charlie will bring bottles and the slippers she had at home
- I will go buy the legos
- Nimrah and Aaqifa will bring the modroc
- For legos and railing I wanted a calm and pastel colors not only because it was used a lot in the anime but also because it works with kind of soundtrack we decided on.
- I thought that the pair should take off their shoes because shoes might break the legos, and that only the one is being guided will wear slippers and the one who sacrifice should not, because that is something he is sacrificing to the other and he will go through the pain for him.
- We discussed using stickers ( vinyl cutting) for the instruction stations.
- Discussed the fabric source for blind folds.
- Divided the tasks fro the week and the timing.
Building the Installation
We started working with bottles and modroc for the railing
I have no experience with modroc, it was my first time. I liked the idea of recycling bottles, i learned a new way to use bottles other than simply throwing them in the trash! We worked on cutting the bottles, connecting them, covering with modroc, drying then applying another layer. We finished the 2 supporting pieces of the railing in working day 1. The main piece was long, we did left the rest for the following day.
By the end of the working hours, i was going through my M&P folder and i found one of the scans that i used for my object poster which was a piece of mini puzzle mat. Then i got the idea of using puzzle mat instead of building a mat of legos. Because legos are going to slip and their stability on the floor is not guaranteed, and we cant’s stick them to the floor since we are not allowed to stick such things, and by that we can control the amount and the structure of the legos more freely without worrying about connecting all of the pieces. My team approved on the idea, and puzzle mat was added to the list. We talked to the professor before the end of the class, there was one concern about the angel of the railing. If we are having an angle then we need a support for that part or the railing, and that will block the movement of the ropes! Our solution was to have a straight path. We do not need the turn anyways. If we need to keep a space between the paths and the wall we can have the mat tilted to the left.
On the next day we continued working on the railing. Nimrah and Charlie was on charge of that, me and Aaqifa did the blind folds together. Then all of us discussed on how to make the vinyl stickers for instructions.
when we were done with railing, we were thinking about what to use to connect hands with. We wanted to use a material of a ring shape or make that shape out of any material to insert it in the railing and tie the rope to it. Aaqifa thought about using curtain rings but where will we find ones that fit to human hands? We decided that when i go to buy the legos i will look for such a thing.
the one and only toy shop that had the kind of legos we wanted had only this kinds of rings. I was disappointed because i expected more from a toy shop. I got the legos and the puzzle mat and we started working on the paths.
We struggled a lot at this part because of the legos composition. My group members were still sticking to the idea of filling the entire path with legos, what they suggested was covering both paths then adding legos obstacles for the older brother’s path. I was against the idea because now we have the mat and we can be more creative working with the legos, but i kept quiet to see first wether it’s going to work or not. When they started doing that we ran out of long legos pieces, then they decided we need more packs of legos. At that time we had no transportation and we were not allowed to leave the campus because it was a full work day and we were supposed to have our materials ready. At the same time working on the lego mat was our plan for the day. Are we going to set still? NO that’s a waste of time, their solution was to work with the pieces we have now and when we get more we continue. I wasn’t happy with this solution, because i wasn’t satisfied with the idea of covering the mat. I suggested to make a system of placing the legos. It was unnecessary to cover the whole mat if we want the older brother’s path to be filled with struggles and pain. I suggested to keep empty spaces between legos so that we can save more legos. The first attempt the removed legos from the center and made wholes in between, the they separated big chunks from each other
I was just suggesting and i didn’t touch the legos because i was the only one who was against all the ideas of placing the legos and i didn’t ant to look like a bossy person who wants every thing to be done by her the way she wants. But then i realized that i was not doing them any advantage, so i decided to pickup the legos and do it myself. I placed separate pieces of the legos randomly on the mat, they were close at some parts and far at the others, I was thinking of a way to get the person step on the legos wherever he lands his feet. By doing it we are keeping the appearance of our mat, saving legos, and still making it a difficult path. Because our classmates might act smart and simply avoid the pieces, we designed a method that would force them to always end up stepping on legos. We understand that randomness would never work, because we have learned that design is informed decisions, so we started informing our decisions and being more thoughtful about them. First we scattered legos on the mat and Aaqifa walk, wherever she tried to put her foot we added a piece of lego there. Then we did a test run and it worked ! there was no way to escape legos unless you walk outside the path which against the rules.
Charlie started gluing the legos on the decided places, then i joined her to do so. Aaqifa and Nimrah were working with the composition of the legos on the the younger brother’s path. They decided to fill it with legos and make it smooth. Aaqifa tried walking on it and she found that it’s not painful at all, so they decided to continue with the composition. Again we went back to the same story of filling the mat and running out of legos. Again i suggesting breaking it down to parts, maybe 3 groups of legos , but Aaqifa suggested having the legos in the beginning only then leave the rest empty because the baby brother struggled only sometimes and not most of the time. We agreed on this idea and worked on it.
The MAJOR Problem : THE RAILING
We Finally brought the railing to VCU. But is it strong enough ? We were worried because the way we designed the sacrifice path will obstruct whoever walks on it and then they may lean on the railing, and the one we made was weak. We thought about joining it with a building block using modroc. or any heavy base, but the problem was not only about it’s stability. it was about its rigidity as a structure.
How are we going to resolve this problem ? …….. つづく