Finished my design for a new entrance for the Children’s Department at the library. A little fantasy and tiny touches, such as a slightly over-size door, fanciful handle to acommodate different heights, and the “Please have your passport ready” at child-eye level to help create the sense of adventure reading provides. The oversize books also add to the fantasy feel. And the mural of a young girl who’s hair becomes birds show the freedom of imagination. The lighting is bright through the tree to cast dappled sunlight and soft below to feel like a forest floor. The school-house lights at the different levels carry the academic into the fantasy. There is no ceiling to this space as it is mearly a divider. The tree continues into the main reading room and above the walls of the entrance.
After a VERY long time, I’ve been searching for a copy of a television commercial I created for Glidden. I came up with a concept and then had to figure out how to make it work. This was way before digital animation. I’ve yet to find the finished commercial, but I did find some of the footage from it. Apparently, after SRP closed, the footage (and most likely the other files) were distributed to the winds. The footage from the “Flying Paint” commercial apparently ended up with a stock photo company. Whereupon, this company, Vertical Hold Productions, bought it as a stock package. It’s been re-edited, and of course, has different music, but the footage is still the same I shot in 1985. It took a week of throwing gallon after gallon of slightly thinned paint to get the splashes to hit nicely. Rental of the high speed camera cost a fortune and I was worried the whole time we’d get paint on it some how and wreck it. I’m the one throwing from the right side ( the guy on the other side, I don’t remember his name (I was only there for a year)). I remember we went through over a hundred gallons of paint, and very sore arms. We had built a plastic lined pool to contain the mess, but ended up wearing quite a bit ourselves. The music we used (if I remember correctly) was from “Madam Butterfly” and the tag line was “A Beautiful Splash of Color” (corny, I know, but not quite that bad for the 80’s).
Here we are at the last of our trip around the house I designed in college. As you can see we are out behind the garage. The best place for the trash cans. You can see just a hint of the van inside. It’s been an interesting project. I hope you agree.
Moving around the house, we come to the back which faces the lake. The stone patio and stained glass greenhouse are the feature here. Who wouldn’t want to sit there and have drinks while looking out over the lake in the evening? I thought the bees would be a fun touch. I like adding a few little touches of humor if I can.
In the original design, I didn’t have the stairway to the lowest level on the outside. It only had one from the inside. I, in new sight, decided the extra convenience of the outside stairway would be quite helpful. I made more corrections thoughout the home as I’ve revisited the design. More to come.