Thursday, July 15, 2010

Clay Royse - Milling Project

For my milling project I decided to look back on an old idea - an infographic showing when the states were admitted to the union. The idea of displaying and interfacing with data in a concrete way appeals to me for many reasons, chiefly the more visceral impact an tangible object has over a table of information.

Viewing the passage of time as height data gives each state its own profile, and viewers should be able to interpret the meaning of the piece without an accompanying statement.

Because of its vertical edges, this piece should lend itself well to being milled. I am also interested in using it as a mold- vacuum forming will soften the edges, making the states melt into each other in an interesting way. It will be fun to see how the process transforms the piece.

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