The goal of this project was to design a collaborative piece of artwork that students from the University of Toronto could participate to honor Remembrance Day in Canada.
After brainstorming many possibilities, a banner made out of poppies was chosen.
This project faced many restrictions that had to be considered in the design process, such as the fact that the banners needed to be visible, but not block foot or car traffic. The final location that was chosen was the front gates of the university, but the banners could not be hung in the middle due to the possibility of blocking truck or bus traffic. Therefore, we pursued the alternative option of hanging 2 separate banners on the sides of the main gate.
The fabrication of the banner also faced many challenges, such as how the poppies were going to be made, and how they were going to be attached to the banner. Although paper and glue would have been a much quicker and easier option, since the banners were going to be outside on a day when rain was predicted, they also needed to be waterproof. Therefore, red felt and black pipe-cleaners were used to make the poppies. In order to make it easier to thread the poppies through the banner to make the letters, a sheer fabric (similar to a mosquito net) was used for the backdrop.
Although these banners were used for a symbolic artistic display, many engineering design decisions had to be taken into consideration in order to make it happen.
EXCERPTS FROM DESIGN SKETCHES
FINAL BANNERS ON REMEMBRANCE DAY