Painting Tire Phase – Completed!

Portia and Sehrish with one of the finished painted tires.

This week, our group continued tirelessly to finish another and one of the most important phase of our public seating space. Once the tires were completely cut and washed thoroughly of dirt and water, we sprayed all of the tires with three separate supplies. We began with a black rustproof base coat, a special coloured overcoat, and finally, the gloss paint that will seal everything together and keep the paint onto the tire permanently.

At the same time, the group is busy preparing the lagacy report and is looking for more ways of implementation of used tires in everyday life.

With the final days nearing, this weekend will be spent on assembling the tires to form the seats using a drill and bolts, and finishing the planters with soil and plants. Soon enough, everything will be ready for our upcoming exhibition at Civic Space this month!

Sehrish, Portia and Sajid in the spray booth inside Lebel’s sculpture studio.


Our used spray paint inside the spray booth.

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More ‘Labour’ Work!

The countdown has begun with just less than twenty days left until our final presentation and class gallery exhibition at Civic Space.

It has been a long and challenging journey, and we are very excited about the final outcome. Over the past few weeks, we have been busy working at the Lebel building trying to finish cutting and painting the tires needed for our project. This week we made two trips to Home Depot looking for the required materials. On Sunday, Rosina and Rafi went to buy some paint to see if certain kinds of paint work on the tires. After successful experimentation with the paint, on Thursday afternoon Sajid and Portia went to the Home Depot to pick up more paint, carriage bolts, nuts, washers, rebar, and other materials required for our project. Some more good news about the project is that we have successfully cut all the tires we needed this passed Wednesday with the help of Mr. Rod. We returned to Label building, where we began to work as a group towards washing and painting the tires. Once we finished painting the tires, we will begin to assemble them into seating arrangement.

Team members are washing and posing with painted tires!

We anticipate that we will have our project built and ready by next week, which will give us plenty of time to discuss plans for what we will exhibit in the gallery space.

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Progress during Midterm Week!

This week was the midterm presentation week for all the groups in Green Corridor Class. Apart from this, we have a few new things to report with regards to our project: Sidewalk Furniture Design.

Most importantly, we have managed to obtain 21 tires in order to build our public seat. This past Sunday, we drove a van and a car to pick up the tires from 2408 Edna Street. We got to know about it from an advertisement in kijiji, which was giving away old tires for free. The tires were stored outside of a building, which caused the tires to accumulate a fair amount of water inside them. Therefore, before packing them up in the van and the car we desperately tried to empty the water out. This proved to be somewhat of a difficult task, which led us to re-think our design a bit, so the tires don’t house any water as Patricia pointed out during our presentation if our design allows for water to accumulate then this can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Rafi is loading the van with tires.

Our current design for the bench is currently more of a guideline than to a blueprint for what will come. This is because we are doing a trial and error process in order to build our Public Seating Space and Decoration. No one in the group has past experience or knowledge with building anything of this nature so in order to obtain a final product that is suitable for the community it will take a lot of patients and thinking.

Portia Crosswell painted a picture of the group trying to cut the tire with a jigsaw.

Little success was made last weekend when we attempted to cut a tire using a jigsaw borrowed from Lebel. We ran into problems cutting past the metal wires within the tire. With more discussion and research, we were able to take out more appropriate cutting tools to better experiment with this coming weekend.

Stay tuned for the update!

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Getting it Done

Today our ‘out and about’ chair bomb was rescheduled for a meeting, that ended up falling through. But we used the extra time to get a lot of work done on our pieces.

Richard, Iris and Rita got the main structure for the mobile bus station miniature prototype finished. This included the transparent walls, mobile base and green roof (made of a grass plantation). The prototype is well on its way to being ready to showcase for the final class, with its research of course.

Above Rita and Iris make miniature models of what furniture inside the station will look like. These models are made from stacked recycled newspaper with an inner wire component for structure.

Mussa worked on another portable design but left us after lunch break to give the Greening team a hand in the trenches.

Nick struggled with his tire swing concept, but eventually made headway getting it together. Only one more tire needs to be added. The next step is to find a location to hang it from and calculate the amount of chain needed for that location. Then to go out and get the chain. If all goes well, the swing will be installed on Tuesday.

Nicole and Spencer worked on their respective couches. Nicole added finishing touches, more paper mache and enhanced the readability of the text by placing it on a white background. Spencer attached the legs and spray painted the logos onto his couch. All it needs now is a few crossbeams for added stability. A spray sealer proved not effective so both couches need to be finished with a varathane to withstand mother nature. Having this done by the weekend will allow us to get these pieces out on Tuesday.

Jude cut into her two shopping carts with some heavy duty bolt cutters, allowing the base structure of her chairs to take shape. Some bending, welding and a lot grinding sharp edges still needs to be done, but with no to little surface finishing needed these babies will be out in the wild by thursday.

On the still to do list, is organizing the legacy report, who’s writing what, and choreographing the documentation of Tuesdays and Thursdays installations/chair bombs.

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