Melbourne-based artist Daniel Agdag fashioned a miniature amusement park completely from cardboard. Titled Lattice, this intricate structure captures the special link between New York and Melbourne while also celebrating roller coasters as a metaphor for the ups and downs of life.
Agdag spent two years constructing this 10-foot-long sculpture, which was commissioned by the New York City Department of Education and NYC School Construction Authority Public Art for Public Schools. It references two real-life amusement parks: Coney Island Amusement Park and Melbourne Luna Park. The latter was based on the original Coney Island. To mimic the engineering of one of the oldest wooden rollercoasters in the world, Agdag assembled the truss section from 897,560 hand-cut cardboard pieces.
“The banking twists and turns created by unique geometry offer unanticipated surprises and play,” Agdag says in his artist statement. “The long downward drops powered by gravity evoke a sense of dread before the opposing force lifts skyward countering that sensation euphorically.”
While this sculpture is impressive from afar, to truly grasp the level of work that went into it, you must pay attention to the numerous details layered within the complex structure. It's truly a sight to behold.
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