Won't Let Go by Julian & Shayan


1- [Ackley] took another look at my hat . . . “Up home we wear a hat like that to shoot deer in, for Chrissake,” he said.

“That’s a deer shooting hat.”

“Like hell it is.” I took it off and looked at it. I sort of closed one eye, like I was taking aim at it. “This is a people shooting hat,” I said. “I shoot people in this hat” (pg.22).

2- “The best thing, though, in that museum was that everything always stayed right where it was. Nobody’d move…. Nobody’d be different. The only thing that would be different would be you” (pg. 121)

This model is inspired by Holden’s inability to let go and move on. He can’t let go of his brother’s death. His brother, Allie, died of leukemia in 1946. It seems as if Holden loved him dearly. It is clearly seen on page 38 in the book where Holden talks how smart, and loveable he was. Holden says when Allie died; he broke his hand out of rage, by punching the windows. After Allie’s death, it seems as if Holden hasn’t let go and is still in his depression. The first example above shows how Holden shoots people. I think he means he shoots people away, and adding to his feeling of alienation. The second example kind of goes hand in hand with the first one because the second one makes it look as Holden is resistant to change and helps with our inspiration; about how Holden can’t let go. The model is made in a way to show us how Holden’s path is a dark one and looks like it gets smaller and smaller when finally it would reach a dead end.. With Holden you see how his path is closing with no way to reach the end/goal.

 At a first look, all there is, is a pure white landscape without much meaning besides helping setup the real model. But as you go further in and begin to look inside you see darkness, with only one character stuck in the middle. You see a small window that gets smaller and smaller as you look down. Everything we did had a meaning. We used the white platform to setup a really nice contrast in colors. By doing that it really grabs your attention and looks cool. It’s all dark inside due to the fact that Holden seems estranged. We added a window to be a sign of hope but as seen it’s getting smaller and smaller. You might be wondering why the whole shape is getting smaller as you go along, and that’s because this model is trying to show that Holden’s time is running out, and his window of opportunity is closing.            

To get to the final part of this project was interesting. To begin with my partner and I had completely different ideas and we had to come up with something that we both liked. We decided to combine our ideas of Holden being on his own path and how time was ticking down. After coming up with our idea it was smooth cruising. We planned everything out and we finished somewhat on time if we don’t count the extra ten minutes during lunch. 

Our model represents mood. It represents mood because at first it makes you feel calm and joyful with all the nice white but when you see the dark it changes everything to the opposite. Because of the huge contrast in the colors that effect is possible. We also tried to add a few architectural techniques such as the flow and pacing. These can be seen on the blown up path.

Overall I really enjoyed this project because it made me think of a book in a different way rather than read and do an essay. That always bored I and I never cared for it, but with this project it made me think harder and it helped me express how I felt about a book better than what an essay would have done. I think it was worthwhile and it was a great experience.

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