SWEET GUM SEEDS + ROCKITE™
Using what the New York Times called The Mean Seed of the Sweet Gum as my source material, one ofternoon I decided to embark on a materials study in a Park Slope backyard.
With the gum tree providing the seeds, I maintained a natural materials theme in using found twigs as joining components. After the objects were assembled, I dipped them in the Rockite several times, changing the viscosity with successive dips.
Some of the creations started to take on personalities of their own.
Different forms were created - some cubic, some sputnik, some trapezoidal.
Pre-dipping forms and connections.
The final objects made for fun garden decorations. If I were to repeat the process, I would repeat coatings after allowing the first to set.
If the mixture of Rockite was too thick, I lost definition of the gum ball spikes; if it was too thin, it would not properly coat the structure.