Irony is a simple piece, meant to inspire dialogue about global climate change. An iron, plugged in, and hot, standing on there. Heating nothing, for no reason.
Irony is styled after a 1950's GE travel iron, from my collection of old things. It is a very clean and simple piece, very graphic, eyecatching, and instantly recognizable. The shiny metal clad iron, the smooth black handle, the large cord plugged into the ground - silly, yet elegant.
The iron is hot, but not visibly so - it'll look just like an iron standing there, and as people investigate, they'll realize that it's actually hot. Not burn your skin off hot, or blister hot, but a little uncomfortable to lean against for too long. And hopefully, people will start to dialogue about what a waste of energy it is, how gratuitous it is to be burning fossil fuels and just directly heating the environment in such a ridiculous way, while they enjoy the warmth on a cold night. Or step back on a hot day.
The design of the iron itself is inspired by the hubris of the 1950s, a relic of a former time, before computers, when things were drawn on paper with french curves and built without 3D printing. And energy was freely wasted; pollution, racism and inequality were rampant - so many horrors, such a nicely designed object.
So: Irony. A piece meant to inspire dialogue, and cause people to think. Stylish, clean, well executed, and utterly nonsensical.
This thing is insane. People powered ferris wheel? Rolling across the desert?? Yes.
Going to build this horse someday. Drawing on this horse is how I've learned the techniques for the Merpony, the Acavallo horses, and the Penguini. It's such a challenge, modeling a horse - they are so aesthetically pleasing and so delicate - standing on the tips of their fingers, ready to run. This horse is uncomfortable - pawing the air too high, lifting their back legalways learning new techniques.
Eat 'em up, poop 'em out. I designed this for a potential client, who later decided they wanted a fuzzy teddy-bear car that would hug people, and nothing ever happened. It's all figured out if someone wants it! What a ridiculous car.
A Leonardo inspired mutant vehicle - golf cart based, boat bodied, with folding DaVinci wings. Planned around a golf cart chassis and drivetrain, but a total custom creation. The client backed out, and it remains unbuilt, let me know if you're interested!
The inspiration is Leonardo Da Vinci flying boat - a boat bodied car, with masts that support a set of folding articulated wings - and using a golf-cart a platform, for reliability and ease of operation. The wings are obviously what it's all about! They'll furl for driving around in tight quarters (or windy days), but unfold and light up at night for awesomeness out on the playa.
The body of the car will seat 4-5 people, the driver will be in the back, elevated, so they can see around and be clearly in command. They'll have access to a rope to pull that brings the wings in/out, and the front rider can pull on two lines to flap the wings. The car will have a castering wheel all the way in the back, to finish out the lines, and increase the whimsy - and support the driver.
As with all my cars, it's intended to share the joy of creativity, and to further the boatcar dialogue - I've been wanting to make these wings for years! And, of course, capture that special feeling of being special in a special car while going nowhere very slowly.
It is very much inspired by the Da Vinci, and named after his lover, Jacopo d'Andrea Saltarelli. Must have been hot stuff!