Hacking Public Spaces in Berlin
We spent the afternoon wandering the city with calipers looking for inspiration and plotting our interventions. I discovered that I tend to anthropomorphize everything.
I noticed this drainpipe shouting at me:
I envisioned something like this (mocked up in Photoshop) :
I measured the space and used the tools from MakeHuman.org to hack together some 3D teeth and a tongue in Rhino 3D that would sit perfectly in the pipe.
I printed the teeth, tongue, and gums out. This took a really long time, but turned out beautifully.
And, finally, I installed the piece with caulk just down the street from Fablab Berlin:
This project was about creating prosthetics for the default world around us.
I focused on aesthetics - knocking people out of the daily grind with a dab of whimsy - but this method of modeling and modifying can also be used to do more pragmatic repairs of spaces and objects as well. For example, the project where Watanabe Tomoya is trying to fix as much as possible in broken city infrastructure:
My grandpa, who saves and fixes every toaster, blender, or fence-post that ever breaks would love this method of gently filling in the cracks around him.