Rajaphant

Carl Heiney

Rajaphant is a drivable majestic mechanical elephant on wheels.  Project team includes collaborators Geri Wittig and Brian Targonsky.  It derives its name from Raja, name for a historic ruler in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia and Elephant.  The body is built around an fully Electric Micro Van and it will raise from a kneeling position to a standing position (2 ft), via an airbag lift mechanism.   Rajaphant is driven from a top the head via stylish stick controls that remotely handle steering, speed, braking, sound and lighting.  The carriage or Howdah,  comfortably holds 6 riders.  Rajaphant also holds an interactive LCD display, that shows real time information regarding elephant survival issues, captivity stories, climate effects on their natural habitat, and a sign up page to stay informed of these issues and information on ways to contribute to a better world for our fine amazing friends.

Commissioned by ZER01 for the 3rd 01SJ Biennial, and presented with the support of the James Irvine Foundation.


 
 
Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

Image courtesy Everett Taasevigen

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