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Armadillo Skeleton

Armadillo Skeleton

Armadillo Skeleton

Armadillo Skeleton

Armadillo Skeleton

Armadillo Skeleton

The sculptural bones of this skeleton are heavier than those of its neighbours in the Booth Museum in Brighton – to carry the weight of the absent armour. The stereo separation is quite wide ont hese so if you are not used to viewing stereo pairs you might experience a little eye strain in trying to register them.

 

To resolve the images go cross-eyed so that one image registers over the other. Try to relax so that the full stereo depth appears. If you are having trouble, make the images smaller.

Old Zoo, Griffith Park

Old Zoo, Griffith Park

Between 1912 and 1965 this zoo occupied what is now a picnic area in Griffith Park, Los Angeles. The scenographic enclosures are now available for anyone to enter. They are arranged along the lower edge of a small escarpment, to be viewed from below. They are serviced from above, with a series of protected tunnels allowing the keepers to feed the animals. I will post some pictures of these and some of the other infrastructure (that was hidden above the enclosure) in my next post. The Zoo moved to a larger site in the park.

Old Zoo, Griffith Park

Old Zoo, Griffith Park

Old Zoo, Griffith Park

Old Zoo, Griffith Park

Old Zoo, Griffith Park

Old Zoo, Griffith Park

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Herring Gull

Herring Gull

Herring Gull

Herring Gull

Herring Gull

Herring Gull

Living by the seaside I have become very impressed with seagulls. They were on my mind for the Bird Automata Test Track work, partly because Marey studied gulls. They fly (mostly glide) very elegantly. My Herring Gull skeleton is also very beautiful but has been mounted with it legs in a strange position – maybe as if to take off – while the gulls around here all have their legs perpendicular to their torso (so the legs would drop straight down from the knee joint behind the wing. The skeleton is to provide dimensional information in case I get round to making a full sized bird automaton.

Optical Bench

Optical Bench

Optical Bench

Optical Bench

In terms of structuring ideas the optical bench lies between the ubiquity of scaffolding and the specificity of the armatures that hold dinosaur skeletons or the dynamic frames of planetary models (for example). They are content specific but allow that content to be played with.

The active pieces in the lower image are mute without the bench, which brings them into a negotiable relationship.

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