Monday, July 16, 2007

"Robot Libby"

My dog libby died last year from a un-known brain disorder. I was inspired by the sadness of here death to find the resolve and courage to build my next sculpture:"Robot Libby"
With some financial help from the Crucible and a hard dead line of July 12th 2007 i set out to build the ultimate fire sculpture robot, and in exactly 35 days she was completed and delivered to the 2007 Fire Arts Festival.
My largest solo sculpture, Libby represents a leap into electro-hydraulic animation control systems with multi fuel forced air fire sculpture driven around on top. She is currently using a Futaba T12za transmitter with a custom Nathan Mariels control board driving the switches and blower control. The batterys are 4 12volt 100ah batterys salvaged from UPS which have issues, and are to be replaced by the latest battery technology.
Future work is to include finishing the stainless and bronze skin and adding a high powered ignition system for her "eye ball". So stay tune,ill post new progress and better images soon.


Lance Greathouse said...

Totally Awesome!
I wish I was able to attend the Fire Arts festival this year to see this creation working. You really make some incredible stuff. Hope to see you at Burning man.

harry said...

this is flipping sweet. You've essentially inspired me to recommission my backpack flamethrower into something controlled by my old prizm PCM controller and finely aged battleot leftovers.

looks like a propane thrower system, whats the range 10' max? Or is it... significantly more substantial like some of the BM 1999/2000 inertia labs art?

rateaprof said...

Hey Justin,

I'm an old friend of Nathan Mariels. I haven't heard from him in years. Would you happen to know how he's doing or how to get in touch with him?

My email is mirage | at |