Ever really examined your Pringles® potato crisps before devouring them? Parabolic curves, intricate texture: this is the stuff of art. So what could a mixed-media artist collective make if they had an unlimited supply of the tasty crisps? A playful, sparkling chandelier, that's what.
Will Bates, Ryan Price, Lucy Alper, and Sarah Bereza – four members of the Fall On Your Sword (FOYS) team – had no trouble deciding that a massive pipe organ was the perfect thing to make out of the cans. But coming up with the ideal presentation for the crisps took a little longer.
"The Pringles themselves are actually such a beautiful shape to begin with that it threw me for a loop for a little while because I didn't want to mess with it," Sarah explained. "It's almost like each one is a little piece of art in itself." But as the functionality of the pipe organ became clear (it actually works!), the FOYS crew came up with an idea that would capitalize on the beauty of the shape of the crisps and enhance the interactive element of the organ: a giant, floating chandelier made of silver crisps that will be set in motion by the air flowing out of the cans atop the organ.
Though their shape and texture were inspiring, the crisps ended up being too delicate to use in their natural state. So Sarah decided to recreate the crisps in sturdier form. "I made a cast of a Pringle, and then I poured in a polymer. It perfectly rendered the texture of the crisp. The [crisps in the chandelier are] really made out of a tough plastic. And then they're painted with the silver that they use on cars to give them that shiny quality."
Check out the images below for a close-up look at the process.
Note: Not for human consumption.
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The chandelier was constructed using around 150 silver crisps. Sarah drilled two tiny holes into each one, and threaded them onto a type of string called an "illusion cord," which she says "is perfect for the effect of suspending something in thin air." Then she strung the cords through a sheet of Plexiglas on top. The finished product is reminiscent of an exploded disco ball — which works out perfectly because, really, what kind of disco would Gawker Media's fourth annual Silent Disco be without something silver and sparkly hanging from the ceiling?
Will described the final effect: "The air coming from hidden fans within the pipe organ tubes will give the illusion of a blast of air generated from the organ tone. As the mobile moves, a recording of the crisps rustling can be heard."
If the chance to play a giant pipe organ made of Pringles® potato crisp cans didn't motivate you to create your own masterpiece and enter to win a chance for you and a friend to attend the Silent Disco in New York City, the addition of a sparkling potato crisp chandelier must have convinced you by now.
And stay tuned, because the FOYS team will be stopping by next week to answer all your multi-media art questions.
To enter the Pringles as Art contest, submit a photo, sketch, other rendering, or written description of your creative Pringles can or crisp creations to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Pringles as Art Contest" as the subject line. You'll have a chance to win an all-expense-paid trip with a friend to the Silent Disco, presented by Pringles. Contest rules apply. Submissions will be reviewed by Studio@Gawker, and a winner will be selected based on their creativity, innovation, and sense of fun.
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Lily Butler is an Associate Content Producer for Studio@Gawker.
[Photos by Erica Gannett Photography.]