Apr 27, 2010

Art grows larger than life

by Allison Cundiff & Taylor Overhultz


Larger than life cupcakes, popcorn containers, watches and Liberty’s new Flames Pass — students may be giving these giant objects a double take as they pass by the Larger than Life expo on the third floor of DeMoss. Visual Communication Arts (VCAR) students began showcasing their projects at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 22. The projects will be displayed until May 4. 

The project required groups of Introduction to Design (VCAR 113) students to replicate an everyday object on a much larger scale. There were 12 groups total throughout the different class sections. The projects are worth about fifteen percent of students’ grades for the semester, according to VCAR professor Stacy Cannon. 

“This project is actually modeled after a famous sculptor whose work centered around taking everyday objects and expanding them to very large proportions, the size of buildings,” Cannon said. “ We are actually mimicking his style by taking objects that are smaller and then reconstructing them at a larger than life scale.”

According to Cannon, students learn 3-D modeling, replicating scale and proportion and replicating surface textures through the project. Students had been learning about the elements of design throughout the semester, and the projects were a chance for them to apply their knowledge. 

One group replicated the new Flames Pass with the letters “L” and “U” in flames against a black background and a picture of Liberty’s mascot, Sparky, in the space where the student photos will go. The only difference between the giant flames pass replica and an actual Flames Pass is that the replica card will not scan. The replica was made using wood, paper, laminate sheet and paint, according to group members Richie Smissen, Mindy Insley, Taylor Edds and John Gosslee. 

“The project was to make everyday items, but smaller — plastic has to look like plastic, a card has to look and feel like a real card,” Smissen said. 

According to the group, Smissen made the card’s base and Photoshopped graphics to scale. Gosslee printed and fixed the paper to the card. Everyone in the group helped sand and paint. The photo of Sparky is actually a compilation of 100 different photos taken around Liberty’s campus. Many of the pictures were taken at sporting events, although some clubs, including the Sword Club, are also featured. 

It took the group about one week to complete the project. Students had to pay out of pocket for materials and find their own resources for tools and supplies that might be necessary, according to the group. Other projects displayed in the expo include a giant pinwheel and a giant bag of popcorn. 

“You can’t just go and get the stuff manufactured, you have to go and do it on your own,” Gosslee said. 

Introduction to Design students typically have projects due weekly or bi-weekly, but this was the first big project of the semester, according to VCAR 113 students. It was also the first large group project for Professor Cannon’s classes this semester. 


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