Wall Drawing: 10,000 lines

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Firstly, an algorithm is a process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem solving operations especially by a computer. Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing 86 was our title for the drawing in the gallery space with instructions of “Ten thousand lines about 10 inches (25 cm) long, covering the wall evenly”

A comparison of ours to the original work

11910949_10207470788067427_1612467020_n    Our rendition

walldrawing86What the work originally looked like

We took a slightly different approach to complete this task by creating our own tool to do 6 lines at a time. We found two timber pieces of wood and measured 25cm along and used duck tape to stick them to it. This was then manned by two people and stroked across the wall being measured with a metal ruler. This technique was so much more effective then doing it individually, yet still keeping fairly straight and consistent.


To complete this effectively, plan your time around making the utensils for drawing. Once the tools are made the exercise isn’t too time consuming because you’re drawing 6 lines per hit. Before long the lines accumulate and the aesthetic is obvious. Complacency can be a factor as well as wanting to go to fast, again just plan around this and keep at it, as the end result is actually really interesting.

For such a massive amount of lines to be completed in such a short amount of time, was probably the most difficult part of the task. Originally it seemed impossible, yet we reached approximately 3 thousand lines by the time we’d finished about 1hr of drawing.


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