New Bank of X Get Rich Rich Quick Pyramid Networking Scheme – Day 4 – topping out

pyramid proportions.004-001

In the words of Sigmund Freud “The more you ignore me, the closer I get”.

Despite being a techie, I’m generally a late adopter and I realise I’m very late to the party as far as laser-cutting is concerned. It’s been around for many years, and is now quite affordable. Access Space got a laser cutter in their Refab Space a couple of years ago, but I must admit I’ve ignored it until now. Not because I’m not interested, but my head is just too full of other stuff. What’s more I didn’t really have anything that I specifically wanted to make.

Until now (video to follow).

I don’t mind admitting my installation is not as visually pleasing as I would normally like. I imagined it much more pyramid-y and less pile-y, but that is the risk of doing something without have done it before.

It’s strangely satisfying irony that I have made something that is very reminiscent of the kind of random-shit-kicked-through-a-gallery-door-and-then-post-rationalised that I am usually very critical of. Or have I over-rationalised that?

I don’t think of myself as a conceptual artist, where the idea is what the art is all about and the object is only there to reference the idea, but I think I have made a conceptual work.



John Moseley of Access Space / Refab Space with an Egyptian Coke bottle containing sand from Giza.

The one thing I did not expect to happen is that I wouldn’t get enough junk to make a decent pyramid, even a small one. The world is awash with unwanted items, but I just couldn’t get my hands on them at the right time. I think I failed to communicate the idea enough during the build and, consequently, the audience was confused until I explained it. However, the time I spent doing this has had some interesting fall out. More about that soon.

I must say huge thanks to Access Space for allowing me to indulge my ill-advised conceptual ellipsis, and particularly to John Moseley whose practical help and technical advice enabled me to produce the manufactured bits. The Refab Space is a place where you can get your hands on a CNC laser-cutter and CNC router, with support, for a very small cost.

The build is officially over, but I think I’ll try to make it a bit more pyramid-y before it comes down on Saturday 9th November.

I also have lots of timelapse video which will be edited at some point.


New Bank of X Get Rich Rich Quick Pyramid Networking Scheme – Day 3 – Topless in Giza

Screen shot 2013-11-01 at 08.41

Day three was the day I had to get on top of the laser cutting. This requires making the guide files with the well-endowed and open-source Inkscape. Unfortunately, I have (almost) never used Inkscape. John Moseley at Access Space gave me a brief crash course, but on day three I was on my own to get the cutting files ready so that the top section can be cut and assembled to my deadline of Friday 5pm.

Also, despite getting more junk today, it’s nowhere near enough to make even a small pyramid, so day four looks lie it will be a desperate, skip-raiding scroungeathon.

With lots of visitors today, It took me most of the day to work out the basics and didn’t get anything finished until after 4pm.

It’s a very fiddly process and I rarely work in 3D so it took so careful thinking about in order to conceive how it would fit together. John Moseley made a very elegant prototype, and I was going to try to reproduce his version just for the practice, but I was running out of time so I decided to vary the method in order to make things simpler for myself.

John’s design comprised three different sections whereas I have attempted to make a single asymmetric face that will jigsaw into each other, with a row of pegs on the bottom of each to slot into a square base.

Screen shot 2013-10-31 at 17.01.29

Anyway, it got late in the day and there was a bit of a queue for the laser cutter so it didn’t get cut on day three. Fingers crossed for the last day.

However, as it was 31st October, I decided to clear the space and install something temporary and appropriate to the date. So here is my little ancient-Egyptian-art-world-halloween-market-rigging-in-joke. Offers invited.

[vimeo w=640&h=360]