Finished printing 100 more cans to add to this piece. Still haven’t decided if I will wire them all across, or keep them in rows the way they are. Regardless, I am assembling the pieces that are ready to go. The print for this piece is from the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park.
Here also is one of the carrier sheets with the bottom half of the entire print. Since I only print 8 cans at a time, I divide the print before printing.
Once the cans are ready, I will assemble them to fit with the other pieces. When starting a piece, printing 100 cans to start will get me on the track of figuring out the way the piece will be assembled and what it will look like. With this piece, the way I thought it would be is nothing near the way it worked out. The original idea about constructing the cans came from the installation for Mack Web Solutions. (Click on the link to see the blog post)
When I arrived to install the piece, all the cans were in one piece and they evolved into being cut, stacked and wired together with glass beads separating the layers. For this Mariposa Grove piece, I cut the top layer of each square in 4 pieces. The bottom layer is a duplicate of the top layer, but in one piece. I crocheted 28 gauge stainless wire to put between the 2 layers. Then copper wire was used to wire the layers together and add it to the piece.