Review on Eatart’s 6th Annual Fundraiser
This past July fifth, the north patio of the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) showcased a three ton solar powered tricycle, a giant leg controlled by an arm armature, a fifty foot electromechanical snake, and a four wheel bike with a speaker system. The machines belonged to the artists and engineers’ of eatArt, who on occasion of their 6th annual fundraiser displayed their, in words of organizer Sam Carter, “technically complex kinetic sculptures with a focus on sustainability.” Indeed, eager members of the public peddled to provide electricity to the event’s sound stage, despite the rain which limited the solar panels.
If rain affected Daisy it was difficult to tell though. The three ton solar powered tricycle allowed participants to steer its giant front wheel, but it did not transport them in its back carriage; however, Daisy is preparing for a longer trip. According to Carter, next summer Daisy will tour the West Coast to gather funds for the collective. In itself, Carter explained, this is eatArt’s main promotional strategy; showcasing their machines in fares and other venues for a fee.
But perhaps the emblematic artifact of Power the VAG was the four-wheel Blackghost bike. An ongoing three-year project with an estimated cost of forty thousand dollars, it can be pedaled by one to four people to provide electricity for a built-in sound system and auxiliary hub motors for that extra push. Ultimately, the Ghostbike not only a transports its participants but grants them a mobile performing base, in a manner similar to the fundraiser itself. For Carter, the turnout and volunteer participation was good and served the aims of making the public more aware of energy usage and alternatives.