The computer work flow starts by creating a grid pattern for the picture components that is appropriate for the image. Below is a portion of “Brian’s Koi” with the grid pattern superimposed on the image. A mask is then created for each of the four layers, one of which is shown here:

Koi-grid mask example copy.jpg

The physical work starts with a visit to the local recycle center to stock up on cans:


Once home, the tops are cut off, the cans are washed out and dried, the bottoms are removed and the metal is flattened to provide the backing layer for the picture components:

Clean cans.jpg

After the image fragments are printed out, an adhesive layer is applied to the back, and the components are stuck to the flattened metal sheets:

Koi work flow-1.jpg

The individual, metal-backed components are cut to size and then shaped, in this case by creasing the back of each square to give a faceted face:

Koi work flow-2.jpg

To create the support structure, a copy of the image and grid pattern is attached to the back of an acrylic sheet, and posts of different height are glued to it:

Koi support.jpg

The final piece is then assembled by gluing the individual components to the appropriate posts, lining each up with the template and the components below to create the complete image:

Koi final.jpg

The back is pretty interesting, too!

DPR back-small.jpg

Return to the Home Page to see the concept behind the “extra dimensional” approach and for links to more examples.