The design parameters for the competition are similar to last year although there are a few changes. The build envelope is still 24" x 24" x 72" tall. Movement and special effects are allowed but must be triggered by the viewers. The theme is 'Sign Magic'.
That left a lot of opportunity to be creative. As I thought about my piece this year many inspirations came to mind.
I love trains and have wanted to build a dimensional piece for some time. I decided to have a sign painter working on a bill board with the train (and trestle) bursting off the canvas beside him, showing the magic of a good illustration. The base of the display will be chiseled out as defined by the shape of the landscape. We will also cut some mineshaft into the rock work to add some interest on the plain cut step bottom portion.
As always I have a few surprises in store and they will be revealed as I get into the build. Here's the concept art which will serve as a basis for the construct...