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.