How to turn your craziest ideas into something artistic and functional? How to design something that you put together over 8000km away, from materials you order online? These are some of the challenges we have been wondering for the last few weeks. In this blog post you can see how our concepts are becoming a reality as we have four weeks before the construction starts at Reno.

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Blending simple & natural elements and modern technology seems to take us forward all the time. Here on the left you can see a rough prototype we came up with in order to get ideas for the structure of the pike head. We then decided to stop thinking that we can beat evolution and took a real pike head into a 3D scanner, which eventually led to an executable 3D model.

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Another example is the exterior for our installation. We had a range of ideas and suggestions for different materials and designs that we had been discussing for weeks, but once we started experimenting with samples and prototypes, it all came together. First it was a pile of strips of cardboard, and at the end of the evening, we had tried out the shape with plywood and applied a cardboard sample into a 1:5 size model of the whole structure.

Drawing sketches and throwing around ideas is important but for us results have been happening when we can see and feel the materials and try them out on rough prototypes. Of course this comes as no news to design-minded individuals like you, but in a large project like this where time is limited and tasks are divided, it is especially hard to get everyone in on the process of turning ideas into prototypes. For us the bi-weekly meetings have been essential, as everyone turns up there ready to work and brainstorm.

Next up, we are really going to bring the pike to life as we start designing lighting, sounds and of course the instruments inside. Now that we have (literally) slain the pike, we can turn its head into a Kantele just like in the Kalevala songs.

- Jan