Pandora: Final 3D Model – Discordance



2D Sketch Analysis


Diagonal Slants

Being able to work with diagonals was a blessing however, it proved to be tedious. Since I was working with diagonals, I thought why not use it to my advantage and create a structure in which something can roll through all 3 boxes. Hence, this rolling action emphasizes the diagonal dynamics of the structure.


I wanted to display the idea of discordance by having the dominant placed over the sub-dominant or subordinate. However, it was not possible for the subordinate to withstand the weight of the dominant and sub-dominant on its own. Thus, I used the sub-dominant as my base.

I carefully selected the sub-dominant, which is the only box which was not made from scratch. Using the sub-dominant as a gauge of size, I crafted the dominant and subordinate boxes to appear more/less than half of the size of the sub-dominant.


To further induce the sense of discordance into the model, I chose to use 3 CONTRASTING materials for each box that you don’t usually see together.


Using an opaque black corrugated board, I created a box of a much larger scale than the sub-dominant. I chose black to give it a huge contrast against the transparent sub-dominant. Adding leather over the box gave it a new dimension and texture from the other two boxes. Initially I wanted to use fur to give it an even greater texture, sadly broke Fizah couldn’t afford to get the extravagant, luxurious fur.


I decided to go with a transparent plastic box. Transparency can sometimes be associated to the material being less sturdy and lighter in WEIGHT. To elaborate the idea of discordance, I wanted the base to be transparent to give it this weaker and light dynamic. Adding marbles will help to stabilize the structure and give the sub-dominant some WEIGHT.


I found it hard to find the right material for the subordinate. I experimented with using thin wires and satay sticks but to no avail.

I kept searching for a material that would be suitable, and soon my hero came along.



Wire mesh to the rescue.

The wire mesh gives a stark CONTRAST to the leather dominant and transparent plastic sub-dominant. In terms of colour, it is silver and shiny which is different from the other two. The leather box is opaque and the plastic is transparent, so I wanted the sub-dominant to be see through but not completely.

Methods of attaching boxes



“Hidden Slide”

A slide for children to play in the park. The actual slide is hidden in a big box as an element of surprise so that the children wouldn’t know where the slide is going.


“Coin Bank”

A glass transparent coin bank so that we can see how much we have saved up and break when you need money.


Some challenges I faced was the sizing of my boxes. Cheryl explained to me how my boxes were initially too similar in size and hence, we’re unable to differentiate between the dominant, sub-dominant and subordinate. This was difficult because I was constraint to the sizes of my boxes, however when I was able to use any materials I wanted, I could control the sizes better and easier.

The other challenge was choosing the right materials that matches with the word “Discordance”. What and how do I relate the idea of discordance into my materials? After a little brainstorming, I came up with the idea to use 3 different materials so that each material CONTRASTS with each other in terms of texture and colour.

I believe I could have improved on the craftsmanship of my model. Unfortunately, in a sudden turn of events, the model wasn’t able to stand on its own even after putting in a lot of marbles. This could have been due to the sheer weight of the dominant which the sub-dominant could not hold. I think I could have used acrylic instead which is much more studier, and would prevent the structure from falling over so easily. Nonetheless, I will take this as a learning curve and will not repeat the same mistakes smile

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The word that was given to me is DISCORDANCE.

I was slightly troubled with the word that I got. Everyone else seemed to get pretty straightforward words, but mine was a word that I couldn’t even understand. I created various models that would illustrate a “lack of harmony”.

Version 1:

3D Sketch Model 1

3D Sketch Model 2

After some consultation from Cheryl and the class, I found out that I could use more angular shapes to illustrate the word discordance. The boxes that I used were of similar sizes and I should choose boxes of various sizes instead.

I also thought that I did not understand discordance enough, hence decided to search it up a bit more.

“Discordance “

  • Normal terms – Lack of agreement or harmony
  • Geology terms – lack of parallelism between adjacent strata, as in an angular unconformity.

Curious, I dug a little deeper into the geology term and here was what I found.

From there, I created new Version 2 models.

Version 2

3D Sketch Model 1

This model was created based of the usual meaning of discordance. I placed the dominant box as the centre whereas the subdominant as the anchor to hold the model in place. For both dominant and subordinate, I angled it to give it the discordance/disharmony/angular effect.

3D Sketch Model 2

For this model, I decided to recreate the geology term instead. The orange box and white box forms an angular unconformity similar to the sediments in a discordance deposit. I used the subordinate as the anchor for this model. Notice also how the Dominant, Sub-dominant and Subordinate changes from each angle. This was done on purpose since my term is considered a “Rebel”.