‘ C l o u d s c a p e ‘

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Statement of work

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Cloudscape is a new paradigm for play.

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A play sculpture in a sculpted landscape, a meeting place, a playground for all ages. Cloudscape is a hub for connection.

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Movement around and through Cloudscape is a journey of discovery and an opportunity to see the world from fresh perspectives.

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Being in an unfamiliar environment can encourage us to raise awareness and shift out of everyday thinking. Cloudscape invites participants to explore in a playful way. Through play we can access the essential, wild self. This is a place of spirit, harmony, acceptance and peace.  We are all connected.

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Shifting our consciousness opens us to insight and transformation.

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Sculpture in public space offers an opportunity for people to connect in ways that inspire body, mind and spirit.

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Brief description

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Cloudscape is a large interactive sculpture that invites people to enter and explore.

The main solid sculpture piece is constructed of 11 ferrocement spheres ranging from 1200 to 5400mm diameter, accommodating different ages in different ways.

A 6300mm diameter 5v geodesic dome acts as the hub and main entry into the sculpture.  This 5/8 dome is constructed from climbable hardwood struts with specially designed hubs to accommodate climbing..

A rammed earth (or similar) ramp allows all abilities access to the geodesic dome space.

Steps, seating, grass hills, climbing opportunities and slides are built into the sides of the ramp and platforms.

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LATEST UPDATE

15 March, 2017

‘Cloudscape’ is still on hiatus while I get my website, living space and finances sorted.

After attending the Sculpture by the Sea’s Sculpture in Public Space conference last October, and hearing Chris Booth, a New Zealand artist, say how pieces can take him four years, even up to ten years to complete .. and then I think of Christo and Jeanne-Claude whose artworks could take in excess of 20 years to be approved .. I’ve come to the realisation that I can release some of the time pressure I’ve been putting on myself.  At this point I’m proposing to build Cloudscape V1.0 in spring 2018.

When I restart the model my space will be clear and I will feel more grounded.

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More about Cloudscape

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Current Proposal

The prototype for Cloudscape is proposed for Robertson Park, Watsons Bay, Sydney.

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Description of construction & materials

Under consideration:  ferrocement spheres, rammed earth ramp, hardwood struts, steel connectors.

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Dimensions

height : 6 metres

width : 29 metres (including ramp)

depth : 18 metres (including ramp)

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Where Cloudscape is up to

1:20 scale model is underway (1700 x 1200 base)

The crowdfunding campaign is tentatively planned for early 2018.

The application to Woollahra Council is yet to be created.

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Estimated cost of construction

$200,000

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Estimated launch date

November 2018

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Why Cloudscape?

We need more opportunities for play in public spaces.

This is a shift away from playgrounds designed primarily for youth, to a place that engages and activates people of all ages.

Organic forms offer a fresh, mind shifting way of experiencing and interacting with the world.

Why not?!

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A community connector

Inviting all ages, Cloudscape offers a place for the community to connect.  It also invites people who might otherwise isolate themselves to be in a space that opens connection to the self in the presence of others.

Cloudscape invites everyone, with a spirit of opening up to fresh perspectives.

As a community focal point, Cloudscape can inspire and open up conversations between people in a playful and open-minded way.

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Construction Process

The construction process offers people young and old in the community to come together to work towards a mutual vision.  It offers the people who work on it an opportunity to shift their view of life toward hope and possibility.

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OLD UPDATES

14 October 2016

‘Cloudscape’ progress has been almost frozen lately, while other projects have taken priority.

I have a backlog of photos that need to be sorted and turned into an animation.  Things have been on hold while I get things up to date.

I had an epiphany to make a 1:100 model on an A3 base, and it’s a bit crazy I’ve taken so long to come to the realisation that I need to make a 1:100 scale model since this is the scale I relate to most easily.  So I’m about to start that model and it will be generally a lot quicker and easier than the 1:20 model (geodesic dome??), and I can use standard people and not have to make them ..

A recent plan to create a 3D computer model of the piece is currently on hold.  But I’m planning to learn to use Rhino so that I can make a model that can be printed using a 3D printer.

I will share the animation of the sculpture creation to date when it’s ready.

And I’m about to update my ‘Cloudscape Manifesto’ since my ideas for it have evolved a fair bit .. but in the meantime I will share the latest version from August 2016.

Adios.

 cloudscape-manifesto-august-2016

29 April 2016

The 1:20 scale model of Cloudscape is now well underway, and fine-tuning of the design and details is part of the process.

A short concept video is being created and I will have the draft uploaded in the next two weeks.

An updated entry to Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2016 has just been completed and submitted for this year’s panel to consider, and I visited the site while I was in Sydney last weekend and took photos to create a montage.

I submitted an application on 01 March 2016  to the Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI), for the BFI Challenge and awaiting feedback.

On May 16 I have a meeting with the Bellingen Council Arts and Cultural Committee to discuss the piece, in view of building it in Bellingen.

I’ve had a breakthrough with my blogging practice, partly thanks to the Live Your Legend Blog Challenge.

I feel my world opening up.

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01 February 2016

Here’s what’s been happening behind the scenes towards Cloudscape since October:

Work has been continuing on the model. The geodesic dome and twelve spheres are made and the process has been photographed with time-lapse photography.

I had a meeting with Bellingen Council, and am planning to present the Cloudscape proposal again in February.

I learned that maintenance costs are a stumbling block for council approval of anything on public land, so this will need to be dealt with as part of the application.

Crowdfunding campaign latest thoughts: stamped metal circles (which I can stamp myself), embedded in the sculpture, can be a reward.  In fact, I will make a separate heading below to outline some of my current and past ideas for the crowdfunding rewards.

The next video of the creation process is underway. I have finally invested in Final Cut Pro and have fallen in love with editing.  But it can go on forever so I will aim to put a video up in the next couple of weeks.

The next part of the model making is exciting – putting all the pieces together and getting clearer on the details.

I’m grateful to my local mastermind group who meet with me each fortnight and make me feel like I’m not doing this all on my own.

I am preparing an application to the Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI), for the BFI Challenge – due by 1 March, 2016.  This challenge is for socially responsible design, and I believe Cloudscape is big picture enough to fit the criteria.  The prize, or the catalyst program, would be a dream come true.

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21 October 2015

I’ve just created a draft video of the preparations for the model.

Though I feel like I’m pushing hard to make progress

with constant tugs on my time

I feel like I’m starting to break through.

Ever onwards.

Charmaine

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Here are some details about the geodesic dome.

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17 October 2015

A lot is happening behind the scenes as I prepare to put together the Cloudscape model, using time-lapse photography, and make a video of the process.

My life feels at the brink of a big turning point.

It has been a slow slog for a long time.

The garden is soon to be dug and finally I will have a garden.

This website is gathering substance and I’ve broken through the barrier of my phobia of blogging.

I am making headway on the house as part of the Cloudscape creation – finally finishing off the nook under the stairs for the backdrop for the model.

And I’m in the process of clarifying my vision for large scale interactive (tactile, exploratory) sculpture for public spaces.

So I’m in the middle of a big turning point phase ..

in which it feels that things just can’t be rushed.

The next phase will be to finally start reaching out to people.

The Kickstarter planning is well underway.

Though I have November 1, 2015 in mind as the start date .. I will see what evolves.

Stay tuned.

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Here are some details about the geodesic dome that I am currently beginning to create.