Technology, art and sustainability can have a lot in common. An award-winning art project recently proved this in a local competition. Creativity can really take sustainability to the next level and show that saving the planet can be fun too.
There is no doubt that we are literally heading towards an era of sustainable transportation, with the auto industry focusing on alternative solutions to help reduce CO2 emissions. Replacing standard vehicles with electric or hybrid vehicles seems to be the main answer, but sustainability is more than just clean energy and reducing the level of toxic emissions.
It’s also about what happens with these vehicles at the end of their lifecycle.
Shane Evans of Denver has successfully demonstrated that “waste” can be turned into something amazing. We are constantly in awe of the highly advanced robots being developed by big names in the industry, but a robot that helps the environment and sets a great example for future generations could be even more fascinating.
Residents of Grand Rapids, Michigan were able to admire a giant 30-foot-tall robot on display in the city during the ArtPrize competition. This unusual robot didn’t just shoot flames from its head and arms and rotate, but was actually made up mostly of airplane parts and other salvaged items.
Shane Evans built this thing from the ground up, even though he has no formal engineering training, and is the one piloting the giant robot as well.
Evans told MLive.com that it all started when a friend took him to an airplane junkyard. He used airplane parts for 90% of the robot, which is operated from the torso cockpit. The artist climbs inside and controls the movement of this articulated robot, as well as the flames, by operating joysticks. The fire is fueled by a 100 lb (45 kg) propane tank.
“Evans”Robot Resurrection”Was created a few years ago and presented at several shows, and it recently won the ArtPrize competition, wowing crowds with its size, movement and history.
Evans, who is passionate about restoring vintage motorcycles and real estate, wanted to show how we can prevent vehicle parts from ending up in the ocean or in the landfill. He hopes to encourage young artists to recycle used pieces and give them new life.