Facets of Love

Facets of Love

2018

Christy Hope McCutchen & Nathan Selikoff

Recycled origami paper collage, vinyl silhouette on acrylic, and LEDs

The pieces of our hearts when broken apart and scattered are interwoven among our community. Although no longer part of just one person’s life story, they fit together in ever new combinations creating a picture of love that is larger than you and me. In this picture we all belong. What does love mean to you? Can you see your reflection in these facets of love?

This installation was created for the Orlando Science Center. It combines pieces of the original origami hearts from the love bridge project with silhouettes of the heart design, a transit map of Orlando, and a constellation map of the night sky over Orlando June 12, 2016 the night of the Pulse tragedy. If you wrote a message or folded a piece of origami or call Orlando home, thank you for your contribution to this work.

The underlying map of Orlando highlights public transit routes through the heart of the city: the LYNX bus system, the SunRail commuter rail, and the City's bicycle trail plan. Although Orlando is sprawling and car-centric, thousands of people in the city depend on public transit to access jobs, healthcare, education, and entertainment. By highlighting the transit routes instead of all of the roads and highways, we see our city through a different lens. The transit map was created using freely available open data from OpenStreetMap and various transit agencies, plus QGIS, a free and open source software program. The vector data was then used to direct print the maps onto optically clear acrylic.

The collages are made up of hundreds of individual cut pieces from origami and were applied to a porous translucent paper substrate with pH neutral wheat starch paste. The overlapping and interlocking patterns were inspired by faceted Lapidary designs. Lapidary or stone cutting originated with primitive stone tools and advance to the mathematically precise facet geometry we see in precious gemstones today. Facets are flat cuts made around the surface of geometric shape and are used to reveal the underlying symmetry of the crystal lattice structure of a gemstone. The angles of each facet must be carefully adjusted to maximize the refractive index of the gem material. When light passes through a gemstone and strikes a polished facet it reflects the light back out causing the gem to sparkle or the light reflects internally creating the appearance that the gem holds lights. The collages are backlit with LEDs to expose every contour of the “faceted” paper and give the impression of a shining gem.

http://www.osc.org/facets-of-love/

Photos: Shaina Decirayn & Joe Burbank

Love Your Neighbor

Love Your Neighbor

Please consider making a contribution to the one of the organizations below that are actively serving the families of those lost and survivors of the Pulse Nightclub Shooting. Let’s fight hate together.

Zebra Coalition

Contigo Fund

Better Together Fund

Q Lantin X

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Game Changers

Game Changers

Ongoing project (2012-today)

Christy H. McCutchen

maple wood skate board decks with wood burned portraits,

Future Game Changer

Future Game Changer

This series is meant to reflect on the connection between technological progress and the advancement of human rights by placing the portraits of abolitionists and programmers side by side. It has been an honor to spend days staring into the eyes of visionaries like Sojourner Truth while working on these portraits. I hope you see a glint of joy and determination in these free thinkers faces and find strength there.

Harriet

Harriet

2012

Sojourner

Sojourner

2016

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Wilberforce

Wilberforce

2011

Ritchie

Ritchie

2012

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Coloring Cube

Coloring Cube

2015

Christy H. McCutchen

Sharpie on butcher paper

This interactive installation was part of the 2015 Creative City Project. The inside of a box truck was wallpapered with 2’x4’ drawings and left open for the public to color in with highlighters. It was rad.

http://www.creativecityproject.com/

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BCC & FCC

BCC & FCC

Allotropic transformations of Iron

BCC

BCC

BCC “ferrite”

Substrate: used dryer sheets and recycled paper pulp

Medium: rust collected from old staples mixed with animal skin glue

(16x20 inches)


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FCC

FCC

FCC “austenite”

Substrate: used dryer sheets and recycled paper pulp

Medium: rust collected from old staples mixed with animal skin glue

(16x20 inches)


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