The making of Elmo's parol
Entry by Kuh Del Rosario
Swept up by the energy of last year, it was decided earlier on that Elmo's House needed to take part in the following parol competition. The event is a great way to join in on a major town celebration, as well as create a project that would utilize the surplus of tin cans that have added up over the last couple of years.
In collaboration with Nancy, she executed the carefully plotted design with meticulous precision.
Preparation started by cutting out both ends of the can and sanding the edges to dull any sharp edges. This labour was done slowly over the course of a few months during down times at the residency. Metal rods and mesh was cut to size and put together with smaller wire to create the structure of the parol. The tin rounds were then hole-punched and attached to the mesh with nylon string in a symmetrical pattern to form metal scales on the front and back. A simple white string of lights was added in a zig-zag configuration along the perimeter of the parol. All in all, it turned out to be a very handsome but simple parol.
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