Sunday, October 3, 2010

Small Candleboxes

In school I visited the Beineke Rare Books Library at Yale University, a near windowless box whose walls were made of inch-thick slabs of marble that were nonetheless thin enough for sunlight to show through.

I wondered if it was possible to make concrete thin enough to get it to admit light. Even at 1/16" it still won't admit light (and yes, I know about LiTraCon).  Instead I chose to cut slots into the concrete.  At first one slot on each side, and then several.  Because most people think of concrete as an especially heavy, clumsy material, I enjoy when I can execute a design that allows it to show off its elegant side.

The cube is 3" square and a 3" tall plus the base - but it was also done in a single cast.  The candlebox below is identical except it has multiple slots per side.  In order to give the vertical elements in between the slots more stability, I added cross connections at random heights.

These weren't that hard to make, but I only ever made two of them, I'm not sure why I didn't explore the idea of piercing other patterns into the sides of the cubes.  Maybe this is something I'll follow up with in the future.

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