Our final project, Proximity, was based on what we learned about the ducks. They are very private individuals that just want their space sometimes. Therefore, we used vinyl on the floor to represent the distance one should take before approaching the ducks. The closer you get to the red circle, the ducks actions appear. Around 7 feet, the ducks quack. Closer, they ruffle their feather. Just short of 5 feet, they get up. Anything closer and the ducks escape to their hiding spot. We also took surrounding materials from their favorite areas to create a type of fabricated environment that represents where the ducks like to hang out. This was just our way of telling people to give the ducks some space - they re a shy couple.
06/07/10 15:05:41 - write up
For the past ten weeks, we have been observing the famous UCSB duck couple. For us, the duck couple brought an unexplainable excitement and happiness whenever we ran into them unexpectedly. We enjoyed seeing them because it brought a charm to the campus. Although we realize that there is more than one duck couple roaming the campus, as art majors, we thought it would be more appropriate to focus on the couple that primarily resides within the art department.
The duck couple is a shy duo of ducks. Although they donít mind the occasional students rushing to class, if you get too close, the male will tell you. If you ignore his plea, the duck couple will leave to hide in their favorite bushes to be left in peace.
Our collaboration is to garner the attention of the duckís shyness. In it, we simply tell you to keep your distance from the couple, so they may rest and relax close to one another in a stress free manner. We donít want the couple to become stressed, take out their anger on one another, and break up. We love the duck couple and itís always sad to see it when they are apart (we know they donít like it either).