Fundays at 420! This week we wanted to bring you three sets of amazing inventors (brought to us by TED) and their work in what Pittsburgh Underground likes to call Puppet Mechanics. Let's begin...
This first group of folks, Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones from Handspring Puppet Company, hail from South Africa and explain their methods of puppet mechanics when developing a full scale replica of an equine created from cane, that also is ridden by a live human in the live theatre production of War-Horse.
The Handspring Puppet Company presents
the Mechanics of War-Horse
Next, we have Arthur Ganson, an inventor who creates mechanical sculptures of all types simply for the sake of making the world smile (trust us, after watching the amazing things this man can do with wire and motors, you'll smile too!).
Arthur Ganson presents Machines
Finally, we have Theo Jansen who is widely known for creating mechanical 'entities' made of wood,reed, sails, and other materials. Referred to as Strandbeests, these creatures 'live' autonomously using the power of wind to keep them in motion.
Theo Jansen presents Strandbeests
Big thank you to Toddy's sister Suey for the info on Theo Jansen and our good buddy Scott Pavetti, software engineer and artist extrordinaire, for the heads up on the Handspring Puppet Company, Arthur Ganson, and TED.
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