A hole in one: 3D design class creates mini golf course in Remington

By Andy Garrison

December 12, 2012

[caption id="attachment_14472" align="alignleft" width="430"]Students from 3D Design created a mini golf course for students to enjoy on the last day of classes. Students from 3D Design created a mini golf course for students to enjoy on the last day of classes.[/caption] The end of the semester mini golf project will be exhibited and open and free to play for the public on Dec. 7 in the Remington Hall lobby from 8 a.m.-noon. Assistant professor Neil Lawley’s two Art 170 3D design classes have been designing and building theme driven mini goA lf obstacles for the event for several weeks now; student and obstacle builder Mathew Mullins explains. “We started concepting the week before Thanksgiving,” Mullins said. “So we have been doing it (the actual building) for almost a week so far.” Mullins goes on to describe his team of three’s unique and creative obstacle design. “Ours is a medieval theme,” Mullins said. “What we have so far is like a golf ball going up a slope and onto a castle; into a dragon’s mouth; then it comes out and goes through the castle and down the dragon’s tail and into the hole.” Fellow student and builder from another team of three, Dalene Young, goes on to describe her group’s theme and design. “Ours is a "Nightmare Before Christmas" theme,” Young said. “The ball will trigger a switch that will turn on water; that’s going to bring the water [level in a container with the ball in it] up and knock the ball into the tube.” There will be seven obstacles in total, three coming from the 10:00 am class and four coming from the 8:00 am class. The designs are based on what has become known as a Rube Goldberg machine. That design is when an idea is over-engineered on purpose to perform some otherwise simple task; in this case bringing the golf ball to the hole. Often this process will include one or more chain reaction. Aside from the actual obstacle itself, the student’s will also manufacture unique golf clubs. Student Megan Thomas has an interesting idea for her teams club. “We have one that we made out of a plastic candy cane, but in all honesty, we are going to make one out of a raw-hide bone,” Thomas said. Several of Western’s upper faculty have traditionally stopped in to play a round, and although not many students stop and actually play, a lot of people do stop in to take a look and admire the creativity and ingenuity of the student’s work. “Lots of people walk by and look,” Lawley said. “But I'd guess at least 50 people actually stop in and play; two of those that always stop in and play are President Vartabedian and Provost Daffron. It's a lot of fun and I think it's a good way to spend the last day of school and relax a little bit before finals.”