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Interactive Wooden Landscape

Valley View

This is pretty neat, ETM: Exploration Through Motion is an interesting view of a once static asset.  A team of students from the Philadelphia University created this as their final project in Design 1.  Together, they took the Thomas Moran painting “Grand Canyon of the Colorado River”, and made a 3D laser cut map diorama of it.

Turning a gear in turn turns a series of other gears that steps down the speed and ups the torque significantly.  This in turn raises internal cams, which in turn raises a base layer of dowels that finally, raises the laser cut landscape.  At first, I wasn’t sure why all the gears were necessary, I thought it was only for looks, but it’s actually quite a needed gear reduction in order to get the torque necessary to lift the heavy map.


Read more about their process, and see some more photos and behind the scenes stuff on their Behance page.


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Those who know, know I recently was in Arizona for a National Parks trip.  I visited Saguaro National Park down in Tucson, and Petrified Forest National Park, up east of Flagstaff.  Both parks are small and require about a day of exploring.  Saguaro could use a day and a half.

Anyway, as always, I took some photos, so take a look at them:


I decided to try something new, I took a picture of the reflection in my sunglasses.  I’m not sure how I got the idea, but I did, and I really love the result:

Saguaro Reflection

I also got up for sunrise and got a really, really nice silhouette of the Saguaro holding The Moon, with Venus at the top:

Sunrise with Saguaros

Petrified Forest:

Wood Spread Out

Those are all petrified logs, they are quite alot of them, and they are all different sizes and colors, it’s quite cool.