Marble Art – The Space Invader

26 May


Space invader finished
Originally uploaded by kathrynlinge

One Bank Holiday weekend my friend A and I visited Italy. We saw some really cool marble art in a gallery in Florence. It was not the sort of marble art you might expect to be associated with Italy. Instead, it was made from children’s marbles, (apparently) glued together into the shape of a rocking horse. We’d just been discussing an upcoming visit by our mutual friend T – and his birthday – and so we decided to try and make some marble art for him.

Initially we were going to make T a marble robot (T likes robots), but it proved too hard. The trouble with robots is that it’s very hard to get a lot of detail into marbles. However, then A had to bright idea of ‘space invaders’! Being pixels to start with, the space invaders were much more appropriate for the medium πŸ™‚

You can see an account of the full construction of our marble space invaders here. Although we envisaged the ‘invaders’ as wall hangings, you will notice that we didn’t get around to sorting out a way of fixing them to walls! I’m afraid we were rather pressed for time, and our efforts in that direction were limited to shoving a length of brass picture wire in with T’s present and leaving hom to sort out that for himself :-/ I’m rather keen to try my hand at other marble art projects some time in the future – and I’ll definitely try and look at ways for fixing or displaying them then. Any suggestions will be most welcome!

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7 Responses to “Marble Art – The Space Invader”

  1. exp_err May 27, 2007 at 11:37 pm #

    Neat!

  2. kathrynlinge May 28, 2007 at 7:23 am #

    Thanks!

  3. Anonymous May 30, 2007 at 5:12 am #

    Although I do indeed like robots, i LOVE aliens! Woo!
    – T.

  4. kathrynlinge May 30, 2007 at 7:41 am #

    will keep in mind πŸ™‚

  5. bluetyson July 6, 2007 at 8:54 am #

    Wow.
    Marble Galaga?

  6. kathrynlinge July 6, 2007 at 2:56 pm #

    Heh. I have to admit I had no idea what Galaga was until you mentioned it ( and I googled it). Def possible, but I think you’d need more marbles… πŸ™‚

  7. bluetyson July 6, 2007 at 3:16 pm #

    Yeah, they were later generation. πŸ™‚

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