Fire breathing bubble blowing electric art car (CO2 offsetted)

Nicolas Padfield

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  • Summary

    A small electric Art Car which carries a fire cannon, soap bubble machines, 2 guests (3 people total) and a lot of LED lights.

    Full description of yer concept

    Last borderland, in one night of craziness, I modded an electric 4 wheeled vehicle into Borderland's only Art Car (because it is electric and anything with an internal combustion engine was fire banned). The purpose was to carry my middling sized fire cannon, which is a bit too big to carry around. However, because of the total fire ban, I ended up converting the vehicle into a soap-bubble-blowing and fire extinguisher-carrying art car.

    This year, I want to bring it back, with fire, more, better bubble machines, and more LED light. I have already niced it up after the winter and added lots more LED light to it. Budget required is for new batteries, more bubble machines, and for propane for the fire cannon. The fire cannon and LED lights I have already made and mounted.

    I feel an important part of an art car is to be able to offer rides, which is why the car is modded to be ridiculously long, so there is space for 3 people: driver plus 2 guests.

    The art car enables us to carry fire cannons and propane tanks - the last few Borderlands I have carried these on my back, but they are so heavy I can't take them out every night or for long.

    Want fire art where you are - at your party? This is a dream for you!

    Photos: Nicolas, Barbara, Mads, Hervé

    Included in the budget is CO2 offsetting 1.5 tons - this project only generates 0.03 tons, so is not just CO2 neutral but net CO2 positive. I'm not saying CO2 offsetting is perfect, but it is a lot better than doing nothing.

    About the crew / artist

    Nicolas Padfield builds large scale fire/water/light/sound installations as part of illutron interactive art collective

    Moop plan (matter out of place)

    Does not produce any moop. Soap bubbles could in extremis be called moop, but is very small amount, all food quality. CO2 is also not Leave No Trace, so abundant CO2 offsetting (50 times more than project generates) is included in the budget.

    Description Min amount (DKK) Max amount (DKK)
    100 kr to offset 1.5 tons of CO2 (this project generates 0.03 tons) to make it not only neutral, but ofsetting 50 times more than it generates 100
    Soap bubble machines and soap bubble water ingredients 800
    Propane for fire cannon 600
    New battery (old was always sad [upcycled] and after a winter is rather sad) 2500
    How can other Borderlings co-create with you?

    Yes feel free to contact me. Or just grab a ride.

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    Hey friend! Welcome to the virtual drawing board of The Borderland. This is the place where we prototype the projects we'll realise during the week in the quarry.

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    • Do you need electricity from the grid? How much in Watts? Very little - about 50W only some of the time for charging

    • Will there be light? Yes. Large amount of Neopixel individually controllable LED light strings.

    • Will anything BURN? The fire cannon makes fire. This happens up in the air, no burning of ground etc. The art car carries 2 large CO2 fire extinguishers, 2 large water extinguishers, fire blanket and first aid.

    • What is your audio footprint? The fire cannon makes quite a whoosh, but it is no problem to a) move around and b) not use it at times/places where it is unsuitable

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