ABOUT THIS PROJECT
Tell us briefly about your project. Is it a work of art or does it serve another
The Serpent Twins created by Kyrsten Mate and Jon Sarriugarte are a work of art and mythology. The Jormungand (Midgard) and Julunggul (Rainbow) serpents sit between 2 worlds; the old world that needed and revered them and the present which has shunned such monsters as fears metamorphosed into mythical form. Our hope is to show how new technology can shed light on our past invoking our curiosity and fears of the unknown.
When did you start working on this project and how long did it take you to complete?
We started working on this in May of 2011 and we completed the first incarnation in August of that year just in time for Burning Man. Our second round of upgrades will be completed this year.
What was your goal in building this project?
To make kinetic mobile art pieces that could be driven by a puppeteers to perform and interact with one another and the audience using the latest in sound, light, and sensors. They show craftsmanship in every detail of our build.
Does your project help to solve a problem? If so what problem?
We had to solve several problems during the construction including: how to run 10,000 LEDs all individually addressable over 11 sections with wire run lengths up to 400 feet!
Controllers to run/sync sensors, sound, lights, Wi-Fi, and the 2 serpents over a network on a mobile platform.
Power management of 24v, 12v, and 5v all from a single 24v bank at high (20-100) amps.
Tow motor and trailer construction capable of safely and fluidly moving though large crowds.
What makes your idea unique?
The Serpent Twins are art, performance, science, and technology in a beautifully crafted hand hammered old world package that represents mythological creatures from ancient folklore. They are the past and the present.
In what capacity are you using bearings and what type of bearings?
Every one of the segments of the Serpent Twins runs on well-greased ball bearings inside the tires; creating a train of barrel segments. In addition; the motors, steering head, and drive all use ball bearings.
What is the most important thing you want people to know about your project?
The individual contributions of a number of talented people with different skill sets created a wonderful sum piece that no one person could have made.
How will you use the $10,000 prize?
The prize will be used to buy a stacker trailer to transport our beasts to events like Maker Faire, schools, and festivals to inspire the next generation of artists, engineers and makers.