We started collecting votes just over a week ago on the two variation concepts and the results are surprising in a number of ways.
First, we are surprised by the number of people that did indeed vote, or submit a name or send a comment. Thank you for taking the time to consider and to share. To date we have received 409 votes. It has been great fun collecting them, reading the creative name suggestions and especially reading the comments.
Second surprise: The Variation David thought would garner the highest vote didn't. However, the pattern he likes a little better was the strong favorite of the participants. The results show that 284 like Concept A and 125 prefer Concept B. I am including the video again so you can recall the visual difference.
We were impressed by the ingenious names provided. I am listing them all in attached pdf documents so you can skim through them as well. I had to resort to a Google search and Wikipedia more than once for some of the less common suggestions. Truth be told I had no idea what a Quipu or an Ouroboros was and the answers are fascinating. Additionally there was an inspiring international flavor to many suggestions. Votes came in from 6 continents and many countries.
It is just another example of how the Internet is making our world smaller and more connected everyday.
I have separated out the suggestions for concept A and concept B and attached them in PDF files for you to scan if interested.
Within each grouping I have noted those that had multiple recommendations with the number of times it was suggested in parenthesis after the name. I have also noted with an asterisk all of the names that have already been used by David for other sculptures. The most popular name was Kaleidoscope getting suggested 24 times for Concept A and 3 times for Concept B. David has already used both Kaleidoscope and Kaleisdoscope II in previous designs. Other popular names were Nova (10) and Starburst (18).
There was definitely both humor (Fiddlesticks, Bucky Ball) and ethereal ideas (Eternity, Spectral, Wonder) represented. And some that had me scratching my head - Chocolate Pudding?
In the comments it was clear there were "discussions" going on in offices and homes as colleagues and spouses had to submit individual votes and names.
Most heart warming were the many thoughtful comments sent about David's work. People spent time looking at the designs and giving wonderful information about the whys behind their choices. They also shared stories of the sculptures from earlier years, still in their homes and entertaining new generations. This little survey has brought hundreds of you remotely into the studio for a visit. Welcome! We appreciate your taking the time. Some day visit in person!
And over 200 of you have requested advance notice of when David has a new Variation sculpture set to share. We will send a directed mailing to you sometime in 2013 once David has made this concept a working reality - Ah, the challenge! In the meantime, I will keep you posted on updates here on the blog.