Volcanic Cloud

In 2005 Human Dynamo was approached with a brief to create a volcanic cloud billowing over the ceiling of the Auckland Memorial Museum,for a new permanent exhibition on Volcanos.

We started with a trip to Auckland to inspect the venue and consider the concept, access and mounting.

Back in Wellington we compiled a folder of image references of volcanic eruptions, followed by concept drawings and sketches. When we were happy with the design, a maquette or small model of the installation was undertaken. Consideration for mounting and part-lines as well as the total visual effect was worked through at this stage.

Once the client was happy with this maquette a mould and moulding process duplicated it in resin. This was then cut up into individual pieces or clouds.

Using the maquette forms, full size profiles were welded in steel rod to form lightweight metal frames. and covered with Dacorn before being painted to look like ash clouds.