Wednesday, January 10, 2007

4 legged house...

posted by Arna:

An idea for a structure I would build of transparent material, with lights inside so it glows a bit. It could walk like Howl's Moving Castle. I'd set it in a city square or a farmer's field and then watch where it goes!

22 comments:

Jack Ruttan said...

I think it would fall over in the first wind. Nerds would take cool videos of the disaster and post them on You-Tube, as with B.C. Place.

the doodlers said...

Haha!! I'd definitely watch that on YouTube.

Maybe we could add a gyroscope to keep the sculpture upright as it lumbers across the plain...

Cheers Jack! :)

Alina Chau said...

Woooo ... what a cool concept!!

Dominic Bugatto said...

shades of a Christo installation too ;)

the doodlers said...

Thanks Alina, Dominic... yup I guess it's a bit Christo-ish. Scale~wise it would be big... taller than most trees.

skanes said...

i don't think it would blow over if it was built with the same spirit as an antoni gaudi building...

very cool concept. cheers.

Ariel said...

This is beautiful!

It blends with it's environment.. cause of it's organic look.

cheers!

ariel

David Colman said...

quite interesting.....
organice yet totally conceptual and unique...

like it!

Matt J said...

Ha! Freaky! Nice texture in the BG.
The GRID style of drawing reminds me of Henry Moore's sketches. Did you ever see his memory sketches from the London Underground during the Blitz in WW11?

the doodlers said...

Skanes, Ariel, David,

Thanks guys! Glad that you enjoyed it. We could benefit from more large pieces in Toronto. This one might feel right in Queens Park towering above the trees.

Matt: Thanks! Yes, I love Moore's Blitz sketches from the London Underground. He drew the contours of people and the tunnel as though he was feeling them with his hands. Have you seen the drawings in person?

Emma said...

It reminds me a little of the moth-giraffes that they go riding around on in Dark Crystal - I think it's just the narrow legs, though. It would be a beautiful installation (and also a nice place to keep dry in a rainstorm).

the doodlers said...

Hi Emma! Thanks for drawing that interesting connection. Been a while since I saw Dark Crystal...I'd like to revisit it again.

Lee-Roy said...

Cool idea and i love the drawing. This reminded me of something I saw somewhere. Videos of this guy's inventions. Walking contraptions. Difficult to explain. I just tried tracking it down again, but I'm not sure where to find it. If I can locate it again, I will let you know! Very interesting.

the doodlers said...

Thanks Lee-Roy!

Yeah I've seen those... I think the sculptor might be Scandinavian, they move as a reaction with the wind. We'll both look around and see if we can find the name of that sculptor.

the doodlers said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7Ny5BYc-Fs

If you copy the URL above, you'll see Theo Jansen's wind sculptures....(It's a YouTube clip of a BMW advert)

Lee-Roy said...

Yes! That's it! "Kinetic Sculptures." And now I remember where I'd seen him before. It was a pbs progam on Pop!Tech 2006. Thanks for the link!

the doodlers said...

You're welcome Lee-Roy. ~Cheers!

UM said...

What a great idea! Make it wind-driven to help save the planet! The lights should be powered by fire-flies...umh, I'm getting way too Disney about it now.
Great drawing and idea! Very inspiring.

the doodlers said...

Thanks Uli! I like the firefly idea a great deal. They would add another layer of movement to the piece. Maybe we could create the 'look' of fireflies, if we attach alternating lights inside like the ones on theatre marquees that cycle on off in a rhythm... we could power it up with sound too. Possibly something classical or a Flaming Lips tune might sound good!

arzu said...

very interesting!
a giant abstract animal, it should be cool to walk under it..
Thanks for the link.

the doodlers said...

You're welcome, Arzu!

MIKE THOMAS said...

Wow that's really creative, like a living tent. The last piece of interesting architecture that i've seen like this was the suitcase house. Really cool place where everything basically fit into one area through use of compartments.