Model – to scale for next show

For my ‘mini’ Harena Now show at the Eco Park in June, I created on-screen layouts of how I wanted the one wall to look.

At The Fish Factory, I have three walls to play with.

In the panorama (Fig. 1) you can see these walls and notice that on the back wall there is a doorway within it.

Fig. 1: Panorama of exhibition space

For that reason I have decided that my info sheets will go on that section so that if the door is left open at any point it won’t have too much impact on my display.

Fig. 2 shows a closer example.

Fig. 2: Closer view of door at venue

To give myself an idea of how my work could look, I made a to scale model of the venue and created two options (so far) for display (Figs. 1 to 11).

Fig. 1: Making a to scale room model
Fig. 2: Scaling images for room model
Fig. 3: To scale images for room model
Fig. 4: Printing out images for room model
Fig. 5: Cutting images for room model
Fig. 6: Layout for longest wall
Fig. 7: View of how cyanotypes may look (based on Sirius constellation)
Fig. 8: View of back wall (layout one) – cardboard signifies doorway
Fig. 9: Looking down
Fig. 10: Second option for side and back wall layout
Fig. 11: Looking down on second option

I appreciate this is a very basic ‘Blue Peter’ style model. But I did work it out to scale and it has given me a much better feeling for the space and layout of my work than a 2D on-screen version can.

If I had more time to learn 3D room design software I may have tried it but I’m pleased with how this flimsy mock-up has helped me visual how my work will look.

The short timelapse films below provide a slightly more ‘in-situ’ sense of the space and both layouts.

At present, I think the second layout option will be the best.

I have chosen to lay out the cyanotypes akin to part of the Canis Major constellation of which Sirius, the brightest star to be seen from Earth, is part.

As my work has been likened to images of the universe it seems apt that I should gently nod to astronomy in my layout.