Meow Wolf Contributions:
House of Eternal Return-2016

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Eyeball Dome, Raven Oracle, and Time-Shifting
Interdimensional Spider

Eyeball Dome
The Eyeball dome is constructed with a 2x4 frame, 12 ft in diameter, and plywood skins inside and out sandwiching LED lights. The outside is painted with an inverse night-sky, and has constellations lit by the LEDs. Inside, the eyeballs are made from slumped glass, reverse-painted with oil paint, and back-lit with the LEDs that are controlled by an Arduino to dim and brighten on about a 30 second cycle. There are 15 different animal sounds, on two tracks and four speakers. It is designed to have one noise go on for every person who enters, and one turn off when a person exits. The floor is covered with astroturf and large astroturf pillows. 

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Eyeball Dome-outside: wood, plywood, kiln-slumped glass, Skratch, paint, Arduino-controlled audio and led lights, artificial turf, pillows
12'x12'x12' 2016

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Eyeball Dome-Interior: Wood, plywood, kiln-slumped glass, Skratch, paint, Arduino-controlled audio and led lights, artificial turf, pillows

photo : Kate Russell

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Eyeball Dome under construction in the studio

photo: Kate Russell

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Eyeball Dome under construction

photo: Kate Russell

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Eyeball Dome-Interior

photo: Kate Russell

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Eyeball Dome-Interior

photo: Kate Russell

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Eyeball Dome-detail of eyeballs: back-painted kiln-slumped glass lit with Arduino controlled led lights

photo: Kate Russell

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Eyeball Dome Interior-detail

photo: Kate Russell

Raven Oracle

The Oracle Raven is a human-sized mechanical bird constructed from cold-formed steel, with an electric motor inside that turns a camshaft, bumping a series of movements that include head turning, beak opening and wings shrugging. He speaks about 30 different phrases that relate to the House of Eternal Return narrative while he's moving. The movements and voice are on a timer, controlled by an Arduino.

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Oracle Raven, as seen from the Tree Trailer back window

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Oracle Raven, seen from Tree Trailer back window

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Oracle Raven, in the studio

Photo by Kate Russell

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Oracle Raven, in the studio

Photo by Kate Russell

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Oracle Raven head detail

Photo by Kate Russell

Oracle Raven, in the studio with me

Photo by Kate Russell

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Photo by Kate Russell

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Forming the head

Photo by Kate Russell

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working on the Raven in the studio

Photo by Kate Russell

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Photo by Kate Russell

Time-Traveling Interdimensional Spider

The Time-Traveling Interdimensional Spider is constructed with Thermo-set plastic (Instamorph), with glass eyes and hand-forged steel scissors.

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Photo by James Hart