Sunday, October 14, 2012

Surprise Escape Machines

You are in for a surprise. French travel company Voyages SNCF uses an “Escape Machine” to market their underlying message that the company’s Escape service lets you travel to any destination you want. The appearing simple, black cube sits in the middle of Palais Royal Square and only a red button is visible. Once the button is pressed and the presser answers the question of where you want to escape, the black box produces a crazy celebration of gigantic walking kisses, and produces a large mock ticket of the wishers destination. An imaginative way to show us that wishes really do come true!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Waterfall Swing

Towering steel swing set holding arrays of mechanical solenoids that create a water plane falling in the path of its riders. Formed from a tangent of ideas raised from the study of interactions of water as space, the swing is the first in a series that play with interaction in rides and installations. Riders pass through openings in a waterfall created by precisely monitoring their path via axel-housed encoders, creating the thrill of narrowly escaping obstacles.
The swing is a collaborative project between Mike O'Toole, Andrew Ratcliff, Ian Charnas and Andrew Witte.

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