Marlene and Maurice
While the walking sticks through the history of costume were beautifully crafted and made of expensive materials, I have noticed that nowadays a walking stick is merely an orthopaedic helping tool, unattractive but helpful. It has become the sign of age. There also is no distinction between the male and female walking sticks. Inspired with Marlene Dietrich and Maurice Chevalier, I have created two modern walking sticks made out of contemporary materials: Acryl and LED light.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Walking sticks were fashion accessories for upper class for centuries.They were beautifully crafted and were made of ebony, ivory, silver and gold with addition of gemstones. Walking sticks today are plain and functional. They have become a helping and unattractive tool. This walking stick is made out of Plexiglas with added LED light. The light turns on when the stick is pressed to the ground during the walk.The stick is transparent and engraved. The light gives an extra dose of security.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The operation is very simple. The rubber cup at the bottom of the stick hides one white LE diode, one battery and the button. When the button is pressed to the ground, the light turns on. The cup can be easily removed if the battery needs to be changed. Due to the small amount of energy consumption, the battery has not to be changed often.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project has been made in Zagreb, Croatia, from November 2015 till March 2016.
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The materials used for making these sticks are 2 cm thick acryl bars, acryl sphere 6 cm in diameter and LED light. The light is mounted in a rubber "cup" at the bottom of the stick. It has a changeable battery. The light is operated by pressing the button on the bottom of the rubber cup meaning that the light is turned on when the stick is pressed to the ground. The male stick has a bent handle while the female stick has a sphere on the top making the stick more feminine and elegant. The operation is very simple. The rubber cup at the bottom of the stick has one white LE diode, one battery and the button. When the button is pressed to the ground, the light turns on. The cup can be easily removed if the battery needs to be changed. Due to the small amount of energy consumption, the battery has not to be changed often.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Maurice: 130 mm x 20 mm x 940 mm
Marlene: 60 mm (the ball) x 20 mm x 930 mm
walking stick, disabled, helping tool, LED, Acryl
When I got the idea, I started browsing the costume history books looking for walking sticks.I have noticed that the walking sticks were much taller and exquisite in the past. They were made of expensive materials and beautifully crafted.In the second part of the 20th century, the walking sticks became the mere orthopaedic tool. They lost their beauty and their form just follows the function, like any other tool.When I defined the shape of the sticks, I started experimenting with the light technology.I have created the stick which is a helping tool but beautiful at the same time.
The most challenging part was finding the best technical solution regarding the size of the rubber cup at the bottom of the stick.
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