Stylized Birdbath

The Thieving Magpie, by Gioachino Rossini
The Glimmerglass Festival, 2016
Scene & Costume Design by: Myung Hee Cho


 The basin for this birdbath was a fairly large 3’0″ x almost 2’0″ oval with  a depth of around 4.” Luckily, we did not need to carve out the entire depth because a lauan insert wrapped in painted mylar would be placed close to the rim to reflect the light.

The stylized stand for the birdbath was already constructed by the scenic carpenters, so I traced the curves of where the basin was to sit as a starting point. I created an axis of the curves with 1/2″ plywood and adhered rigid foam to each of the quadrants. Using the ply curves as guides, I cut, surformed, and sanded my way to a smooth basin that fit within perfectly within the stand.

The depth of the basin was created by plotting the oval on a piece of 1/2″ ply and stapling 2 layers of bendy ply around the perimeter. The oval was attached by gluing and stapling the crossbar to the top of the ply curve. The surface was unified by paper mâchéing the foam and bendy ply and sent to Paints for finishing.