Sixteen Birds: fabric robots
Sixteen Birds is an installation of 16 fabric robots designed to resemble simple brush drawings. Designed by Chico MacMurtrie of Amorphic Robot Works
, they're on display in Pittsburgh's Wood Street Gallery
As viewers enter the room, the tapered, joined cone-shapes gradually inflate with air, lengthen and take form, eventually reaching out with a graceful wingspan, robust with life. The Birds then begin their stationary journey with a slow, elegant flapping motion, all 16 in a randomly generated sequence. The pneumatic mechanism that animates the work creates a constant, rhythmic breathing sound.
Here's how they made them
. I went to check these out the other evening, but arrived too early: they were just re-inflating them!
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