Big Ply Sculpture by Vassil Ralchev

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Big Ply

Vassil Ralchev



Size: 48 W x 74 H x 30.3 in

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Art Description

Sculpture: Lights, LED, Interactive, Wood, Woodcut on Wood, Glass, Other.

Big Ply is a creature born during the process of testing of the CNC machine that I had in my disposal. The material to cut with the machine was plywood. I decided to make some art out of it. First I created Big Ply as a sketch and then I scaled it to the size I thought will look best. It almost filled the maximum size that the machine allows me to cut. It was not my intention to make something this big for sole purpose to test the capabilities of the machine but I thought smaller will not work. So it will be either make it big or not make it at all.
I designed it according to its size. I used hard beech plywood 15mm thick. There are two separate electrical circuits. First one uses AC power through incorporated dimmer for subtle change of the brightness of the main lights. The Lower hanging sphere is 125mm in diameter Edison style incandescent light. The “papillon”is made out of two 185mm long Edison style tubes. The main upper hidden light is dimmable LED.
The second circuit uses transformer to fire up RGB LED strips behind pale white circular glass – the “hearth”. One can change colours through remote control with possibility to create custom colours. Both circuits are controlled separately. The “hearth” has opening in the gap of the main body that allows the colour light to be cast over the two lower lamellas.