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Subway Machine: Escalator-Powered Subway Art

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Using what some may call trash, one’s garbage has been transformed into pieces of creative art — all using a subway station’s escalator and a bicycle wheel. Called the Subway Machine, the sculpture uses the escalator’s moving handrail to rotate a bike tire. The tire then causes a series of gears to also rotate, effectively powering the actual sculpture. It’s sorta like a Rube Goldberg machine.

Other sculptures were also created and scattered thoughout the subway station. Interestingly, the escalator isn’t the only piece of subway equipment utilized to power the arts — think elevator and the subway’s ticket gates. Video after the break.

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Via: Todd Vanderlin




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