Monday, August 22, 2011

A Geodesic Figgy House

This is a geodesic dome.

Also, known as a sculpture project designed, and built by Grant.

This post is going over to Love and Rockets, 'cause that's where we Make our stuff, and share it, and think about other stuff we're gonna Make. Love and Rockets :: Art of Engineering is our Make and Young Makers Club. Yay!!!! Makers Clubs!

Grant and Suki came by last week with all the triangles, nuts and bolts to finish the geodesic dome. Oh, and they brought paint, because all those triangles needed to be painted. So everyone painted triangles in our driveway. Maria painted. Alex painted. Suki painted. Grant painted. And when the white paint ran out, they switched to blue, and that is how the geodesic dome became an eyeball-dome.

I could launch into a detailed description of the geometry and engineering aspects of this project, but really we should let Grant 'splain all that. I will comment on things like, how fun it was holding up walls, looking for bolts in the long grass, propping parts with shovels and brooms, imagining how cool it would be to sleep in the dome... you know, the technical parts.

With many willing residents at the Bird House, assembling the geodesic dome went fairly smoothly. I think. I cannot imagine one or two people trying to assemble all those panels, balancing walls, while stapling or turning nuts on bolts. But with friends on hand, almost any endeavor is going to go better.

Pentagons were assembled on the ground, and then those larger panels were added together to make the long "peal" that made the base wall.

Supplies include: cardboard, 2x2 boards, nuts, bolts, staples, and duct tape... of course there is duct tape.

It also takes confidence and humor. Confidence and humor are staple ingredients in almost any worthwhile project.

Right, Suki?

The dome has a door.

Is anyone home?

A lot of the effort was about holding panels up while people were attaching them. I was holding a wall, and photographing. Actually, it made me feel very good to be so useful while standing and taking pictures.

Everyone was needed.

Maria was especially helpful when it came to passing parts, and finding parts.

If someone were to take a geodesic dome to say... Burning Man, that someone would have an artistic, shaded retreat that could last the week.

Suki is going to paint a pupil. I suggested a monocle in front of the eye,and Grant wants to add a top hat. Maybe those are obvious choices, but jolly good ones, I think.

And now we interrupt construction for shadow fun.
Can you guess who is who?








G is tricky, because someone does amazing shadow effects!

Maria brought out the duct tape.
She loves to help,
and play,
and laugh.
She laughs a lot.

... and the top goes up...

... and Ta-da!

An eyeful.
A shelter.
A playhouse.
A cozy place to sit while eating figs.
A Geodesic Figgy House.


judy in ky said...

Cool! I like geodesic domes. A monocle... or maybe a fez.

Natalie, the Chickenblogger said...

A fez!
Yes. It's so obvious!

Miriam said...

Oh my gosh - how cool is this! As a former Math teacher I would often have students create similar objects, but hand-sized, not people-sized. I think this is MUCH more fun!

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

Hi Natalie. The "figgy" in your title lured me over to see where the figs came in. A very cool place to eat some figs! You have the most amazing family and friends and you do the most amazing things. I love that!

nikkipolani said...

Way way way cool! And tons of fun, apparently :-) Looks like the photographer had loads of fun, too.

Natalie T. said...

I'll take one of those! Indeed! You guys do cool stuff...

Emily Cole said...

That is SO awesomely amazing! How cool!!! I really want to help the kids at my school build one of those...

dizzy_izzy said...

I want to go to there! Looks like fun!