Broken City Lab Office Hours last night were hugely productive due, in no small part, to the many amazing people around the table last night. We completed a test with the flagging tape at Lebel (as you can see above) for the EC Row project and continued working on the LED sign. There’s lots of pictures of all the action after the jump.
We had a great turnout with lots of hands to get a lot accomplished. Mike showed up to document, Josh, Danielle, and Michelle kept working on the LED sign, soldering the LEDs.
The other Mike came to offer the potential to work with thousands of leftover copies of The Lance (how could we turn down the offer?) Immony, Steven, and I took on the task of testing the flagging tape on the fence outside of Lebel, while Mike and Darren braved the cold to document.
Immony looked over the progress of soldering from the last meeting before heading outside.
For this flagging tape test, we settled on spelling out TEST. Immony perfected the technique, using the intersections of the chain link to wrap the flagging tape around, then pulling it in the other direction.
Steven and I worked out splitting up the flagging tape (we only had two rolls).
Immony went the fastest.
Steven battled the wind.
I was trying to make a path to move around, the snow was almost up to our knees in some places.
The letters were showing up pretty well, considering it was so dark, but we decided they needed to be doubled or tripled up.
Immony finished both letter Ts and then started helping Steven and I with our letters.
Steven generously handed his gloves off to Immony after he finished the letter S.
It was at this point that we definitively decided that we would not install the actual work on EC Row at night, it’s just way too cold to work.
Immony stepped in to help me finish up the letter E.
Our fingers were so numb. It was to the point where my fingers felt like they were just little cylinders of ice, it was really difficult to tie knots.
Immony and I were trying to add to the letter Ts, which weren’t showing up as well.
TEST – from the parking lot, finishing up.
TEST in the dark.
Immony and I went about adding some final touches to the letters to make them more visible.
Inside, in the warmth, Danielle and Josh get a system for soldering.
Danielle switched over to using an xacto knife to spare her fingers from being burned.
Mike gets a shot of the soldering action, while the rest of us brainstorm potential words for the text on ice project (for future iterations of this project, we’re going to use one letter per block to make it a lot larger.
Josh and Danielle work from opposite ends bending down the anodes on the LEDs.
Progress on the LED sign… we’re going to end up with the word “happen” being a different colour, if I remember correctly, Make Things is going to be blue, Happen will be white. It was awesome to get so much done tonight, can’t wait for next week!!!