It’s amazing what you can do with a plastic drop cloth and an iron, as Parsons student Ryan Riegner demonstrates with his sculpture, Eleflate. He writes:

By far one of my more favorite projects at Parsons, my inflatable elephant was originally intended to be placed over New York City MTA subway grate vents on the steet. The air current of the passing train would animate and bring to life a seemingly meaningless piece of trash on the street. However, the weather had been horrible all week so the demonstration was conducted indoors. The actual material is just painters plastic melted together by an iron. I bought a great stuffed animal elephant from FAO Schwatz, and deconstructed it, blew up the patterns to life size, and then remade the pattern. I only used a eight inch box fan to inflate the entire sculpture.

Via the Parsons CDT blog.

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).