#MODERNDESIGN. The creation of "Kaliedescape", a giant 30ft x 8ft wave structure designed by Hayden Cox (art by Jason Woodside) for an exclusive Haydenshapes installation exhibited at Semi Permanent Sydney was quite the process. Here, Hayden gives the top line breakdown of the design, materials and elements that brought the beast to life.
"For the structure of the wave, I wanted to use a sustainable material that was easy to work with, strong, had a clean cut aesthetic/look as well as some element of flex to it. The stock I used for this was 10mm Xanita X-Board Kraft which is a thick cardboard material produced mostly from post produced recycled paper waste. The surface of the stock ideal was for applying paint/art and I was able to seal the edges with a tape that gave it that clean finish."
"I designed the structure using Illustrator (and math), to create the outlines of each slice of the wave. We must have created at least 3 or 4 scaled down mini prototypes with various wave shapes/types to decide on the version that was right for this particular installation and space. In the end, we lazer cut around 50 sheets of 1220x2900 Xanita X-board material to create the 11 individual slices in various sizes that made up the wave. NY Artist Jason Woodside painted one side of the wave in his signature colourful print and the other side was painted matte black."
"My design philosophy was somewhat nostalgic, as I wanted to draw on a construction similar to the DIY 3D wooden toys I used to have when I was a kid - yet far more simple. For the larger wave slices, it required various pieces of X-Board to create them. Once the slices were ready and painted, we pieced the final structure together using two spines running through the bottom centre to form the completed wave."
View more on the Haydenshapes Bay 19 Gallery Presented by Audi here
WATCH: THE MAKING OF THE WAVE