Superegg Sculpture Installation by Jaco Roeloffs

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Superegg

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Sculpture Installation

INSPIRATION:
The sculpture represents the rapid multiplying of single use coffee capsules, which symbolises human convenience and its impact on our environment. At the heart of the object is the geometric 'superegg' shape, combined with the capsules, it presents the contributions of hundreds of coffee consumers. The capsules are arranged into a new pattern, from random to perfectly spaced lines. This gives a new perspective and the opportunity to peruse our waste and lead us to rethink our recycling habits.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Modern consumer product packaging can be irresponsible to nature and the human connection with it. This sculpture reveals the beauty and harmonious co-existence of humans and nature, made possible by thought-provoking art. Combining the core elements of art, the levitated Superegg creates a visceral experience that engages the viewer from all angles and distances. The ability to experience feelings and change perspectives through art, unites people, which is reflected in the sculpture image.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The sculpture serves as a visual, textured art object, with the intention of being viewed up close, or from a greater distance. Invited into serene space created by the form, line and texture, there are no defined viewing angles, encouraging the viewer to make their own discoveries. Appearing levitated above ground, the installation represents the contradiction of disorganised consumer product packaging rearranged in perfectly spaced lines, allowing for the beauty and randomness to be revealed.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in May 2019 in Brisbane, and finished and exhibited in September 2019 at SWELL Sculpture Festival on The Gold Coast, Australia.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The support structure is made of aluminium, steel and plywood. The cylindrical core has 9 plywood 'wheels' cut and spaced precisely to form an exact superegg. The exterior is formed with 64 aluminium strips bent and rolled to match a 'Lame curve'. LED strips illuminate the sculpture from inside out. 3000 aluminium coffee capsules were collected via a call to action on social media and the local community. Capsules were cleaned and dents removed, then spaced accurately and glued on the surface.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Dimensions, mm: 2038 high x 1463 diameter. Weight: 350kg. The bulk of the weight is concentrated in the base and centre core that gives stability. The art installation consists of 4 main parts (base, large and small wheels, aluminium strips), which facilitates the transportation of the structure and its assembling at exhibitions. Installation packaging and storage is a custom built crate with 4 panels that protects against bumps and scratches.

TAGS:
Superegg, installation, art-installation, sculpture, recycling, consumer products, coffee, life, feelings, earth

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Design research and development was carried out according to the author's observation of consumer behaviour and studies on the resultant impact of waste on our environment. Crowd-sourcing the main material for the sculpture installation (used coffee capsules) helped create an intriguing story of community involvement and care for the environment. The colours, shape and texture, interacting with each other in the context of the sculpture form, assisted in realising the vision of the artist.

CHALLENGE:
Creating and upscaling a superegg as documented in mathematics theory by French mathematician Gabriel Lame in the 19th century was a challenge. We first modelled the shape in 3D CAD space and converted it to 2D in order to use flat materials like plywood and aluminium sheet. Nine CNC cut plywood 'wheels' dictate the various horizontal extremities, are spread vertically along critically precise points on the core shaft ensuring the shape is true to its design parameters.

ADDED DATE:
2019-09-26 10:20:03

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Artist: Jaco Roeloffs and Design Engineering: Andrew Strelnikov

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: Photographer Lexi Spooner, Variations, 2019
Optional Image #1: Photographer Lexi Spooner, 2019
Optional Image #2: Photographer Lexi Spooner, 2019
Optional Image #3: Photographer Lexi Spooner, 2019
Optional Image #4: Photographer Lee Burrows, 2019

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Jaco Roeloffs

PROFILE:
Jaco Roeloffs is a Dutch South African sculptor based in Brisbane, Australia. He works with modern materials and technology to show the beauty of our planet. Specialising in interpretation and new perspectives on subjects and nature. He uses old and new materials combined with modern tools and machines.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Superegg Sculpture Installation by Jaco Roeloffs is a Nominee in Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Superegg Sculpture Installation by Jaco Roeloffs is Winner in Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Category, 2019 - 2020.



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