Piercing The Pipe

Before I pierced the holes in my pipe to allow the water to drip through, I needed to work out what tool would be the most suitable. To do this I started with a fine sewing needle and gradually worked my way up increasing in size, each time filling the pipe with water, blocking off the end and then blowing through it in order to create a similar pressure that would be created by the pump and seeing if any water would drip through. This concluded with using a pair of nail scissors.


Things To Consider

Issues I need to consider:

  • Transporting my simulation – I need to build my simulation so that it can easily be taken apart, transported in a vehicle and rebuilt in its desired location
  • Ensuring my electrics are all protected from the water
  • No sharp edges for the user to hurt themselves on
  • The pipe for the water is firmly secure
  • Ensuring my mirrors are securely held in place
  • Ensuring sure the structure is sturdy
  • Ensuring the least amount of water is used to reduce weight on the roof and enable a reasonable sized reservoir for the pump

Sound Effects

Now I am using water instead of fishing line and glycerine, the sound of the water hitting the sheet of aluminium will make the need for adding a sound effect redundant. Therefore, I am going to remove it from my simulation.

Yayoi Kusama

I recently visited the Yayoi Kusama exhibition, at the Tate Modern, where I became very inspired by her work, especially “Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled with the Brilliance of Life”.

After altering my design from using glycerine and fishing line to create the rain effect to just using water dripping down, I felt this simplified the simulation quite a bit and didn’t maintain the same visual effect that would constantly exist from the fishing line so I decided to add mirrors to the interior to create an infinity wall effect.  This would allow the dripping rain to appear to continue on forever and enhance the visual impact of the piece for the purpose of immersion therapy.

Book Cover

When researching into Olafur Elliasson, I came across a limited edition book ‘Concepts in Space’. It is about the experimental art and architecture of Olafur Elliasson.

I was most inspired by the custom-made cover of this book. It is a high gloss polished and cold formed steel plate imitating the effect of raindrops falling onto water.

This led me to design my drainage system, based around this idea.  I decided to drill a series of holes in concentric circles into a sheet of aluminium and then, using doming punches and Fimo clay, (as a replacement for pitch) hammer each one so that the holes were dimpled, which would enhance the visual effect of ripples and direct the water into them so that it drained away into the trough.

Rain Effect

I came across this rainfall sound effect made by a choir and found the method used to create it was very interesting. I felt that the effect was enhanced as the rain storm gradually got stronger. I do not plan to use this method in my own in my own final piece as the rain storm I plan to create won’t be as stong and I don’t feel that it is as realistic when simulating a lighter rainfall.


When making my simulation, I have coated the underneath of my wood (inside the simulation) in waterproof, black paint and I have inserted small pieces of black, plastic drinking straws into each of the drilled holes, where the water drips through and glued them into place, in order to try to protect the wood from the water and prevent it from swelling.