The past few months I have primarily been designing and prototyping the leg movements for a herd of lifesize puppet elephants, contributing to the exciting Circus 250 project Tin House have been tasked to create for Norwich City Council. This has been a satisfying challenge, studying anatomy, taking initial sketches on paper and animations of walk cycles through to constructing 1:6 scale maquettes and models of joint mechanisms and controls.
This progressed to prototyping functional full scale legs and joints in more economical materials, allowing me a better understanding of how to run cable mechanisms through the structures to hopefully create a more fluid movement as these huge legs are manipulated.
I then reproduced the designs in wood and metal as final proof of concept before converting the joint schematics into a CAD cut sheet so as to accurately reproduce all the 128 different parts needed to create 16 huge legs!
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