This is another in a series of giant cardboard
constructions I have been doing with various class groups.
We are at the Packer
in Brooklyn, where we spent the
afternoon creating this six-foot diameter cardboard
It is made from sixty identical pieces of cardboard which we cut
with a scroll saw and glued together. This photo shows it
during the assembly process, with clamps still attached to hold the
parts in place as the glue dries.
Each piece has this shape, something like the letter E, scaled to
fit in a 16×32 inch rectangle. There are three flaps to fold
at the ends of the arms. The other marks indicate where to
align the pieces during assembly. If you would like to make
your own copy of this design, print out the full-scale
PDF file, trace it on to cardboard to make a master template,
trace that on to your cardboard sheets, and cut them out. The
overall process is very similar to this video,
but uses this E-shaped template.
The final result is quite impressive and
extremely sturdy. It hangs from one point with no
distortion. The many connections between the pieces make
for a very solid structure, even though it is made of ordinary
cardboard and the design is very light and open.
Thank you Brendan Kinnell for inviting me to visit this special
art and math class, which worked enthusiastically for three
hours to assemble this.