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The relatively brief life of My Recycled Prayer
A giant Praying Mantis
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COLLABORATORS
Logan Randolph
Shawn Wigle, Recycling Supervisor, City of Pittsburgh
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MATERIAL DONORS
Pittsburgh Recycling Services, Inc. - Russel Holby
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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.
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Dave Randolph and I assembled the "skeleton" in the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama's Scene 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, a 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.
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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 to side.
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