The relatively brief life of My
A giant Praying Mantis
Shawn Wigle, Recycling Supervisor, City of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Recycling Services, Inc. - Russel
What's more frightful than a giant bug? My hope
was that children might dare each other to run beneath him, and
that he would resemble some of the old "roadside actraction"
figures on American highways, welcoming visitors into the
Children's Area. He's gone now, but not forgotten.
and I assembled the "skeleton" in the Carnegie Mellon
School of Drama's
Shop. The steel was to have been recycled at a scrapyard, after
its original use in constructing scenery for the School's
production of Commedia
At the installation site in Gateway Plaza Dave
and I attach the body, containing the animation mechanics, to
the steel skeleton.
My friend Jesha Chen
Graduate Student in the CMU School of Art, has just completed her
beautiful paint treatment. She also assisted us with the
construction in the shop.
A profile, showing his sparkling blue-green skin,
made of plastic edging from our back yard garden. His windmill
"wings" catch the breeze with old paint cans, cut in half.
Venise caught the windmill spinning during a gusty
moment just before a storm. Ten seconds is all we have, because
that's what was left on her memory card. Play the video again -
note that the rotating windmill causes his head to move from side