There’s a swing on the edge of a cliff in Ecuador. It has no safety measures and is called the ‘Swing at the End of the World’. It’s a tourist attraction and in order to get there, you have to hike up the path to Bellavista from Banos, until you reach a viewpoint and a seismic monitoring station named La Casa del Árbol (The Tree-house).
In this series of photographs Thomas Jackson draws inspiration from science fiction and literature to give the robot’s story a “darkly humorous narrative.” The plan was to create a series of staged photographs addressing a set of themes, among them our culture’s obsession with hard work and our less-than-harmonious relationship with the natural world.
The toys are from the personal collection of the designer Tom Geismar, from Chermayeff & Geismar, which he has been collecting for decades.
Mechagodzilla, the kaiju monster that aliens built to do battle with the real Godzilla in 1974. Released in 2003, this model comes loaded with features like pop-off knee missiles and an opening mouth and chest hatch.
From Yanko Design and designer Anna-Karin Bergkvist comes this concept of a tree planting robot. The eco-friendly four legged machine can plant trees with the help of its long planting arm and the planting head. The legs reduce the pressure applied on the floor of the forest, enabling the robot to be smaller and move through rough terrain. By using hot steam to destroy competing vegetation (choking vines that kill trees, for example), it poses no threat to the animals that afterward come upon planting spots.
Solar powered bugbot, he has a small vibrating motor attached to a solar engine and solar cell. He soaks up light till he has enough stored up in his capacitor to run a short burst from the motor. When this happens he wobbles ominously on his many spindly legs. In bright sunshine he leaps about all over the place and will dive floorward unless he is placed on some kind of lipped tray. Under indoor lighting his true evil is revealed… he stores up energy more slowly and when you least expect it off he wiggles making you jump out of your skin.
Spooky little bugger!