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3D Project 1: Octopus & Penguin

Whoosh, fast forward from our scavenger hunting day at the Thieves Market to last week: when we assembled the parts that we gathered!

From the trip, I got a tap faucet part, zips, a chain, a metal fork, a few metal springs and a connecting wire plug.



In class, I took most of my time making a stand from a torchlight. I was worried that my sculpture will not look nice if I didn’t have a something to hold the sculpture up. But in the end I discarded it anyway because the stand looks too overpowering.

The overall assembling process is fun! Fitting/scaling and cutting and piecing (with hot glue haha) the different pieces together was quite challenge but it is such a satisfaction when you see your end product.

Although there are pairings in the octopus’s tentacles – the chains and zips. I like the fact the remaining two tentacles are not a pair and actually look quite different from each other hahaha (sorry OCD people oops). One is a plastic wire plug and the other is three springs being glued together. The springs tentacle is actually my favourite.

And ta-dah! This is the end product of my octopus:





After I was done with my octopus, I still had some spare time so I went around the class looking for spare parts to make a second animal. The first thing that caught my eye was Calista’s soap dispenser and the pumper reminded me of a bird’s head. I also glued it together with a cylindrical shaped container, cut out pieces of spoons, and leftover chain pieces from the tentacle. And therefore, I ended up with the second sculpture – a penguin!



Overall, I like this project as it challenges us to think of new ways to ‘beautify’ old/used materials instead of creating it from scratch, giving these objects a new value as it can be something else other than its original purpose. The process of finding the materials and assembling them is also enjoyable. When we look at these sculptures, we will think of the story behind these objects too!

Thieves Market Adventure

About two weeks ago, we went to Kelantan Road’s Thieves Market to search for hidden treasures to construct our sculptures for our 3D class’s first project! For this project, we were assigned to use scrap parts and reuse them to make animal sculptures.



I went with the intention of making an elephant and a backup plan of a shark, but on the day itself, I am still quite unsure with the idea and the size of the object so I spent quite a while at the thieves market feeling very lost and confused. The weather that day was making my feelings worse too, IT WAS SO HOT (but the photos turned out nice because of the good lighting haha)

But after interacting with the different shop owners and discovering so many interesting little trinkets, I felt a lot better and suddenly LO AND BEHOLD, I spotted this tap faucet piece and that feeling was magical~ (*O*)

It instantly reminded me of an octopus head so it was then when I decided to make an octopus sculpture. I thought of how it will be interesting to if I used materials of different textures as the tentacles. But then and again, I had to keep it as simplistic as before as it was advisable that I use as little materials as possible. I just bought a few long dangly parts and see what I can do in class.


Overall, the experience in the thieves market really opened my eyes. Even in discarded items, there is still beauty in them and this value is irreplaceable. To be honest, I did not dare visit the market even though I have seen it before. I think it was because I was ‘scared’ (??) of the people and I did not think that I will find anything worthy. However, during the trip that day: the most important and memorable events that I remembered are the interactions with the lovely and friendly shop owners and my thrill when I find something interesting!

I love the fact that my expectations did not match the reality.