Outsider Art Fair 2016 Submissions

A few weeks ago, I saw a tweet mentioning a 3D design contest. “Wide Open Arts will host a curated booth of imaginary towers in the upcoming Outsider Art Fair | NYC (Jan 21-24 2016). Submissions are open to all.”

These sorts of contests are a great opportunities to practice brainstorming and design skills. I have been traveling over the holidays and didn’t have a great deal of time to sit down and sketch or create models but had a few ideas simmering in the back of my head. I’ve searched on Thingiverse for other design submitted with the #OAFNY16 tag but haven’t found anything posted. Today, I was able to sit down in Tinkercad and model some of my ideas. Below are the designs I submitted for the competition.

Ramen Tower 1

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Ramen Tower 1 remixes a scan of a pack of dried ramen noodles by artist Tom Burtonwood. A scan of a common food item is stretched and distorted to form a complex and organic structure hovering over the surrounding landscape. Reminiscent of a large termite tower, the form suggests a modern green building design. Or, perhaps the structure is a windowless building whose carefully shaped surfaces ensure electronic privacy, preventing eavesdropping on the inhabitants of a security organization. The base of Ramen Tower 1 is a simple rectangular solid to ease the transition for those approaching the alien structure. Maintaining the proportions of a traditional structure, large scale 3D printing allows the outer skin of the tower to take on strange new shapes.

Skyscraper Selfie

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The ultimate expression of ego and self-promotion, the Skyscraper Selfie serves as a modern monument to the world’s very richest inhabitants. The Skyscraper Selfie transforms the city skyline into an urban Mount Rushmore paying homage to the most powerful. A shadow silhouette plays across the city, showing the reach and power of the builder. Each floor of the structure consists of a single corner office with no compromises made for the rest of the inhabitants that must deal with the odd spaces created by the building shape.

Seaside Cottage 2050

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Seaside Cottage 2050 imagines the beach lifestyle of the future. A fusion of new and old, the design takes cues from primitive stilt houses and combines with the functionality of oil rigs. Seaside Cottage 2050 maintains the exclusivity and value of historical beach real estate by building up above the waves. On the surface, Seaside Cottage 2050, is a quaint retreat that embraces simplicity of form and function. An ample lawn provides room for sun bathing and picnics in the ocean breeze while a single chimney ensures year-round comfort during even the most extreme fluctuations in weather patterns. Below, the tower structure keeps the cottage high above even a 5 meter sea level rise with headroom to handle even the largest storm surges. The large water tank like reservoir beneath the structure provides ample storage for the vast supply of materials needed to maintain the modern lifestyle above. Seaside Cottage 2050 celebrates the ability of humanity to adapt to change without being burdened with concern over underlying causes.