Studio Update!

So I realized that I have been doing a bunch of cool stuff in studio and I haven’t told you about any of it!

If Mozart Was a Landscape

An assignment we had a few weeks ago was to design a landscape out of a figurine head that we 3D scanned in the Digital Fabrication Lab in the basement. It’s super confusing to explain so don’t worry if it doesn’t make sense. First, I took our dude and made him into a 3D model that looked like this:

Then, I cut his head apart and did a bunch of crazy things and made these weird looking ‘landscapes’:

 

I picked one of the two to render and ran contours from top to bottom on it which took forever! Then I ran 5 foot contours from one side to the other to create section cuts. This linework was exported to Adobe Illustrator and I did a bunch of stuff and it turned out super crazy! We rendered a plan and perspective of our “landscape” and plotted them out on 30 in by 66 in! Which is pretty big!

The Future of New York City is Potatoes

Our second project started with a trip to NYC. We walked around and looked at different memorials, including the 9/11 Memorial, Washington Square Park, and the Irish Hunger Memorial. The FDR Memorial was also on the list but after a subway ride and a decent amount of walking, we discovered it was CLOSED on Tuesdays! Luckily, we go to take the giant gondola back from the island which was really cool!

For this assignment, we were to choose a memorial and imagine a future for it. Not a reasonable future but something super radical and insane. We created a graphic timeline that took us 100 years into the future of the memorial and a poster advertising the memorial at the end of the timeline. A lot of people imagined a future of nuclear war, robots, and underwater cities but I that was a tad too depressing for my taste.

I picked the Irish Hunger Memorial and imagined a future where all the dirt is in the city is gone, except for what remains on the memorial. People in a nearby building complex begin planting potatoes on it and as science advances, the potatoes get bigger! (Read the timeline to get the full story). This is what the memorial looks like today:

©Peter Aaron/OTTO

 

The Timeline of the Irish Hunger Memorial (If you are having trouble reading this, here is the PDF link: Zoe Roane-Hopkins_ACT3 NYC_Timeline)

The poster for the Urban Spud Coalition:

I am extremely proud of them and will likely frame them to hang in my room.

Yesterday, we went to DC to look at more monuments and to talk with the National Parks Service about how they maintain the National Mall which was really interesting. Our next project will be editing out a memorial from the landscape to see how it changes. Update to come on that project.

LABASH Logo!

LABASH is a big networking event hosted by a college every year and this year, Penn State is hosting! Only problem is, I can’t go 😦 I’ll be in Germany. BUT I did get to design the logo!

The theme for LABASH is “Identify”. The concept for the logo is idea of a leaf rubbing, the leaf being of the iconic American elm trees on campus. I’m sad that I won’t get to see it printed but I’m hoping to get a free t-shirt out of this!

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Longwood Gardens in Bloom

On a sunny morning in late April, we headed down to Longwood Gardens to look at some plants. You probably don’t remember, but we had actually been to Longwood during Freshman year before all the leaves were on the trees because it was still winter. Anyway, this time, there were actual flowers and things blooming and it was so lovely! If you live in the area and have never been, I would definitely recommend it, even if you are not a plant fanatic because it is beautiful and the amount of maintenance required to keep this place perfect will blow your mind.

We were supposed to be taking notes on different spaces and plants for class but I mostly just looked at all the plants and wandered around.

One of the cool things we go to do was go behind the scenes of some of the plant growing operations. We walked through green houses with rows and rows of different plant species.

There was also this tree called a Mardarinquat (I think) which looked awesome but we weren’t allowed to pick any.

They also showed us these crazy flowers they were propagating that only bloom every 7 years and cost upwards of $600 dollars if I’m not mistaken! So I think this picture should be worth at least $50 haha.

Anyway. After getting a tour, we were able to walk around on our own! Yay! I definitely could’ve stayed longer but I still got to see plenty of foliage and flora.

First we took a stroll down the Flower Garden Walk which was planted with over 250,000 bulbs! That’s crazy! Here are some pics:

Pictures of columbine flowers (I think) planted around the fountain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These pictures don’t really do it justice but you can still see all the pretty flowers 🙂

The formal Italian Water Garden is lined with pollarded trees which I personally am not a fan of but they do look rather sculptural in this setting

The meadow. A perscribed burn had just been done to part of the meadow which was pretty cool. These burns are important and mimic natural meadow ecosystem processes that promote seed germination, ecological health, and the suppression of weeds among other things.

We also got to walk around the indoor greenhouses which are always blooming with beautiful flowers!

 

 

And no trip to Longwood would be complete without using the famous greenwall bathrooms!

You Can’t Spell “Gowanus” Without “Us”

On Friday the 17th, 33 sleepy LARCHies got on the red-eye bus to Brooklyn, New York to see the infamous Gowanus Canal. If you are unfamiliar with the canal, as many of us were before the trip, it is/was one of the most polluted waterways in North America. I mean, it’s seriously nasty. If you were wondering what sort of business we had being in Brooklyn, it is the site of the next project in our design studio. Here are some photos of lovely Gowanus. It was actually a very pleasant day.

Something interesting I learned during our analysis of the Canal: Besides being a superfund site full of gross chemicals, trash, and sludge, it is also stagnant so nothing ever washes out. There is also little to no dissolved oxygen, which aquatic life need to survive. To fix this problem, they installed a giant flushing tunnel which brings water from butter milk channel in the Hudson Bay to the head of the canal where it is forcefully pumped. It’s actually working, because dissolved oxygen content levels have increased. However, the force also stirs up all that grossness in the bottom and results in this weird foam:

And, here is a picture of garbage at the bottom of the canal as the tide was going out:

Mmmmm. Lovely.

Leaving was a lot worse than travelling up. We got stuck in downtown Manhattan for two hours before finally getting out of the city. Some of my friends fell asleep for those two hours and awoke to find we were still in NYC. We didn’t end up returning to campus until around 1:00. Unfortunately for me, I had a gymnastics meet the next day.

 

The Home Meet

The home meet went well! I did well enough to win the All Around so that’s good. I was definitely running entirely on adrenaline because the next day, I was so sore that I walked like a hunch back who’d just gotten off a horse! haha! It wasn’t actually that bad. My cool friends also made an appearance with their funny signs: