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The Shadow Machine : 1800’s Blacksmith Reanimated

25 Feb The Shadow Machine : 1800’s Blacksmith Reanimated

The Shadow Machine is a hand-made analog projection system that reanimates two blacksmiths from the late 1800’s. Created by Jason Eppink and photographed by Eadweard Muybridge  and compiled on plate #374 of his Animal Locomotion series.

The Shadow Machine was conceived of and created for the The Underbelly Project, an extraordinary, unauthorized exhibition of more than one hundred international street artists in an abandoned subway station in New York City. The Shadow Machine’s projected, ghostly figures hammer away in complete darkness at the far end of the platform, ever-toiling and working on a never-finished station that was abandoned generations ago.

Inside the Machine, six frames hand-painted on clear plexiglass operate as gobos when lit from behind by narrow beam LEDs. A light sequence, controlled by an Arduino board with custom software using a 9V battery, casts each successive shadow in a loop.

 
Quote of the Day

“Life’s a forge – Yes, and hammer and anvil, too. You’ll be roasted, smelted, and pounded, and you’ll scarce know what’s happening to you. But stand proudly to it. Metal’s worthless till it is shaped and tempered. More labor than luck. Face the pounding, don’t fear the proving; and you’ll stand well against any hammer and anvil.”

~Lloyd Alexander