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While the hardworking teams in Red Bull Creation build against the clock in north Brooklyn, across town, Madagascar Institute is working on a special project for the event all their own — a carnival ride duo of mechanical bulls. The design features two big motors per bull with slip ring connectors to get electricity up the center support during rotation. I can’t wait to see them in action tomorrow during the big event. I’ve survived their Jet Ponies and 360 Swing, but the bulls have crash pads instead of seatbelts. More pictures after the jump.

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The bulls both spin and rock to throw the rider. The bodies of the bulls are made from rubber truck tires.

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During our visit, the shop was buzzing with highly skilled folks, hard at work.

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Philly and Hackett look out from the Madagascar Institute shop doors on Butler Street in Brooklyn.

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Upstairs, the metal bull horns get coated and refined.

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”).


  • http://www.facebook.com/christophe.dewolf Christophe De Wolf

    Why in the world would you make the horns in metal?! You will kill somebody.

    • http://sternlab.org Becky Stern

      I believe Mada’s motto is “safety third.”

  • https://www.facebook.com/gabriel.alvesferreira.7 Gabriel Alves

    Could you send me more details about the project’s mechanical bull, because I will build on the work of completion for mechanics, which will be used to arregadar money for school.

    Already very grateful and look forward to your.

  • Harry Carey

    Hello, my name is Harry Carey, I’m interested in building a mechanical bull, would you be able to send me some designs.
    Thanks Harry