To solve our problem of having to cast so many candles, we’ve found a two-part alternative:
- use foam core blocks to create base height variation; we can reduce the max candle height significantly while achieving great overall height variation for our landscape
- start with pre-bought cylindrical candles (we can buy them in bulk; don’t need to deal with tedious wick and melt calculations) and cut/shave them down into hexagons– might be a bit messy/imperfect, but that might create a more organic form that reads less religious
- Because our pre-bought cylindrical candles will be un-dyed, we’ll buy colored wax dye chips for participants to sprinkle into the melted wax pools while the candles are lit– this is now an additional input.
- If we have to be installed outside, we’ll have a camera streaming video of the installation projected in the space (no particular preference of location as of now) so we have a physical presence inside the event.
- If we have to be installed outside, we’d like to be inside one of the concave nooks beside the main entrance; we’d likely need some sort of wind screen.
- (2) 200-count cylindrical candles, $175.64 total https://www.thecandledepot.com/collections/vigil-candles/products/white-utility-vigil-candle-small-diameter-set-of-200
- hexagonal cookie cutters/ knives/ vegetable peelers to cut the cylindrical candles to shape
- candle dye chips; we want brown, gray, green https://www.amazon.com/Candle-Dyes-Making-Color-Flakes/dp/B06Y3T5RV4?th=1
- custom built wooden table:
- (4) 38″ long 2×4 lumber for legs
- (2) 24″ long 2×4 lumber
- (2) 13″ long 2×4 lumber
- (2) 35″ ish long 2×4 lumber for leg braces
- (1) 22″ x 30″ 3/4″ ply tabletop
- (1) 16″ x 24″ 3/8″ ply base for candles