Cal Poly Universities Reveal Design for 2010 Rose Parade Float

Cal Poly Universities Reveal Design for 2010 Rose Parade Float
“Jungle Cuts” is the name of the 2010 float.

The Cal Poly Universities plan to make a style statement at the 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade.

Playing off the parades theme, 2010: A Cut Above the Rest, the student-built float will feature a jungle barbershop with monkeys cutting other animals hair.

“Were going for humor and fun in the float, said Moe Muni, Cal Poly Pomonas design chair and an international business marketing and technology operations management double major. And you have to admit, animals getting their hair cut in a savannah barbershop is a pretty funny concept.

The barbershop design was one of three finalists from among 85 ideas submitted in an annual theme competition involving Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, which have jointly participated in the Rose Parade every year since 1949. The Tournament of Roses Committee signed off on all three top designs, and the universities Rose Float Committee selected the winner.

The winning design team of Andrea Swanson and Rick Stover, rose float veterans who came up with the Arctic Antics theme in 2007, are graduates of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo  she in ornamental horticulture and he in landscape architecture. They focused on three things: ease of design, animals and action.

We talked a lot about a cut above and how to articulate it, Swanson said. We first thought about a garden  cutting flowers in a garden  and then about a jungle scene. Ive noticed over time that things that are green are easier to decorate with plant materials. Tropical arrangements and orchid flowered trees are always popular, and they certainly fit in a jungle.

Giraffes at the back of the float would be attention-getters, they agreed, and all the more so in a barbershop scene. We understand that animation is a big part of what Cal Poly likes to do, Swanson said, and the design will facilitate that.

The next step is to develop final drawings so students at the two campuses can begin assembling parts and building the float. Throughout the months-long process, the student committees work closely on their respective portions to ensure it is built to specification.

Involvement in this project highlights the Cal Poly Universities learn-by-doing philosophy as students develop these decorative floats from design conception to welding together steel and pasting petals to driving the contraption down Colorado Boulevard. Over the years, Cal Poly floats have received 46 awards, including nine Founder's trophies for the best volunteer-built entry.

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