Amy and Rew, I want to thank you for a great visit last summer and your commission of a sculpture. It is another reminder of how lucky I am and for all the support from the people in my life. Previously when I have been asked to do a commission I usually stumble, I think what if they don't like it? Will I unconsciously subvert the process somehow? Money is always a hurdle for me that I don’t clear, am I asking too much or not enough? The thought of making something that ends up in a closet or the garage makes my stomach turn.
So I thought about this a lot.
What I came up with is FARbot, Finn, Amy and Rew. I designed a rover for you and I want you to help me build it. It is intended to sit on the shelf you showed me. I also want to have all three of the Adams family participate. I shared with you last summer a concept for a mythical rover called life-bot. It is an autonomous vehicle that has two baskets filled with materials, as the rover traverses a terrain the contents of the baskets bang off each other leaving debris seeding the path traveled with the elements of life. I want all of us to design and create the contents of the baskets together.
FARbot has been informed with my impressions from last summer and knowing you both for nearly 20 years! I researched Hawaiian and Polynesian artifacts and patterns as well as Celtic artifacts. I already have an affinity for Amy’s love of retro-Americana. Rew said something about totems. While sketching during a staff meeting last school year one sketch captured my eye because it reminded me of a Schwinn Stingray with the banana seat! After that everything started to fall into place, the totems with the handlebars, baskets, the torso of the rover and the seat. Something clicked.
The last two years I have been really working on my stuff, my commitment has been to become more professional with my practice (sans timeliness, lol) and to become technically proficient in 3D fabricating which I have a ton of room to grow. I want to learn how to use CNC, laser cutting and 3D printing. I wanted to also bring you into the process because I think it would be fun for Finn and all of us. I would get everyone started using SketchUp and help design the basket components and then print them in 3D at your house.
Here comes the hard part, for me at least.
The project cost would be $1500. I know that is a lot money and this whole proposal is woefully tardy and from left field but I liked the idea of thinking of the project as a grant, GoFundme or old fashioned patronage. My biggest challenge is breaking these thresholds in 3D fabrication. The project would fund getting certified on a CNC machine and a laser cutter at a makerspace ($300). It would fund shop time and materials ($350). I also would purchase a 3D printer ($850).
Timeline, it will probably take until next July to complete. I am at a new school next year and teaching mostly K-5!
What do you think?