Building Giant Letters? / by Sydney Joseph

For the last three years, I have volunteered with the TEDxPortofSpain team. I started volunteering with them right out of high school and have loved it since then. The TEDxPortofSpain team works to provide a platform where thinkers and change-makers can change the way we as people think. This year, the TEDxPortofSpain annual conference followed the theme of "In The Arena". This year, alongside my regular volunteer duties, I also committed to creating a photo booth for the TEDxAfterParty. So after a few meetings, we decided on creating a life-size, three dimentional replica of the TEDx logo. The first step was to take the logo and figure out the measurements. 


Once the measurements had been figured out, then the preparation began. The measurements had to be transcribed onto cardboard twice to create the front and back of each letter. Once these had been cut, 12-inch strips of cardboard also had to be cut to create the depth of each letter. With the size and weight of each letter, in order to make the letters stand upright, they needed to be stabilized using cardboard boxes and braces as the internal structure. The letter E took the most stabilization in order to stand. 

Once the letters were stabilized, the front letter cutout was attached and then it was onto final touches like PAINT! One more trip to the hardware store later and we had found a red paint that matched the TED logo perfectly.At the end of all of it all, each letter was 4 feet tall and a little less than 4 feet wide, which as you can imagine made transportation a nightmare. It took three cars and three trips, and one letter even had to be strapped to the top of the car because it wouldn’t fit.

Creating these letters was no easy feat and I would not have been able to do this without the help from a few amazing people and for that, I would like to say thank you again to:

  • Brian Alvarez

  • Elma Caines

  • Paul Colthrust

  • Philip Colthrust

  • Roxanne Colthrust

  • Joshua Howard

  • Nicole Joseph

  • Christopher Lou Hing

  • Cheyna Rahamatali

If you were at the TEDxAfterParty and would like a copy of your photo, please click the link below. 

The Final Product at the Event

The Final Product at the Event


T - 3.5 feet wide by 4 feet tall by 1 foot deep
E - 3.3 feet wide by 4 feet tall by 1 foot deep
D- 3.8 feet wide by 4 feet tall by 1 foot deep
x - 3 feet wide by 2.5 feet tall by 1 foot deep