The Sub-Sonarium Is Well Underway

It was a busy week for the Sub-Sonarium crew. Daniel Yasmin and I received our first order of raw materials for the construction of the structure. We spent a couple of days, along with fellow Five Ton Craners, Colin Babcock and Steph Shipman cutting, mitering, beveling, stacking and transporting many 2″ x 4″ lengths and sheets of plywood.

Looking at the finished stack of lumber, it is hard to believe that, arranged in a different configuration, this will become an immersive space that can accomodate 30 people.

Sub-Sonarium Shade Model from Benjamin Carpenter on Vimeo.

I also recently spent an afternoon with the talented Jo Slota working out a design for the shade structure of the Sub-Sonarium. This will perch on the roof and provide shade for visitors as they listen and interact with the inside and outside of the piece. We used an old soup pot for a model because it had a perfect 1″ to 1′ scale.

Check the shadow that it throws on our makeshift Playa. If our calculations are correct, which they probably are not, then it will provide something like 15 feet of shade at any given time of day. Even if is only gives us 5 feet, that’s still enough out in the desert.

Next week we start forming the individual panels.

-Stay Tuned

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