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MAQUETTES and MODELS
Terneuzen - pollard willow ellipse construction -
wood, paint and pencil
A scale model is not shrunken reality. Its presentation has its own rules. And there are different sets of rules (fortunately) which have to be drawn up by the sculptor. Every artist has his/her own way of presenting a proposal. The main reason for making a maquette is to give the people, who make the decisions, the possibility to put their observations together in order to project their image onto the real situation - it is a fact that any choice of presentation has multiple interpretations, depending on the spectator. This Attempting to make a realistic reduction of a location will only lead to absurd representations. Abstraction is a must.
In the case of my pollarded elliptic entrance space I chose to use materials for my scale model which had a naturalistic character. Unpainted wood and brownish color. The white of the painted willow trunks would stand out in this way, and my white and black axes would also be perceptible. Coloring them by cross-hatching would foil any committee member who would argue that white and black pavement would always become gray in use. And I didn't want distinct black and white anyway. The only white white was to be the whitewash on the trunks. These were to be whitewashed every spring.