We were inspired by the shadow boxes commonly used for storytelling and puppetry. These are typically made of paper, with a source of light shining from the back to provide a unique translucent glow to the set. Our interpretation of this ancient art is made of thin, wooden layers that create a mountainous landscape. A paper mache moon lights up the sky, rather than a light in the back of the piece. In this case, the moon represents something to aspire towards ("Shoot for the moon," as they say), which is why the moon is the piece's focus.

What it does

This physical piece is a landscape mixed media artwork of sorts, utilizing paper, paint, wood, and other materials to complete the finished product. It functions as a reminder to reach for great heights, and is a call back to the ancient art of shadow boxes.

How we built it

We created files and laser cut three large pieces of wood to create the frame and landscape. We then made a paper mache moon, and painted the wooden layers. They were then stacked on top of one another to complete the set. The moon was attached to a backing canvas and illuminated with string lights.

Challenges we ran into

The laser cutter was probably our greatest challenge. No on in our group is experienced with the laser cutter, but we wanted to learn about the process, and eventually got it completed.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

Again, the laser cutter. It was incredible to see some 2D files become physically realized as an actual product.

What we learned

We learned a lot about wood cutting and the Invention Studio in general. I know that, as a business major, the Invention Studio felt intimidating, but now I can't wait to come back!

What's next

Next, we improve our process and make something even greater!

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