Friday, May 21, 2010

IIDA Competition

This was not a project I did on my own but it required me to get creative! Every year our local IIDA ( ) hosts a competition called Imagine That! for the Design Firms here in town to raise money for scholarships. Each year there is a different theme and each team must create something based on that theme. This year the theme is Fire & H2O- we were encouraged to make a water or fire themed sculpture. Our team decided on Fire and made a fire pit.

We used the drum from an old washing machine as the pit. Luckily we found one that was already out of the washer, I wasn't sure how to take it out otherwise.

We thought it would be a cool idea to use old feet from a claw foot tub as the legs. We scored these from an antique shop- $10 for all three since they were mismatched. Otherwise they would have been much more!

Since we were lacking heavy duty tools we had to enlist the help of one of the architects to help us put the whole thing together. He cut a grill to size and fit it inside the tub.

Then he had to cut metal "leg extenders" to make the claw feet all the same height.

Then using a heavy duty drill, he drilled holes in the feet and in the bottom of the tub. Then secured them on the bottom. A piece of sheet metal was added for extra stability.

All the feet screwed on together.

We used Fire Resistant Paint, otherwise I think it would burn off the first time someone used it.
There's not a lot of color choices with that type of paint (mainly used for BBQ pits and car parts) but the red really makes it pop!

Here's a picture of it all lit up!
The competition is tomorrow where it will be auctioned off and hopefully will win a prize!


Mal Pal said...

This is awesome. I would just use it as a light for outside. It looks great just like that.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Very COOL...thanks so much for sharing it with all of us!


Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

That is fabulous!!