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When I first saw this shot from user eqqman in the MAKE Flickr pool, my thought was, “Oh, look, some tourist photographed a cannon in a park somewhere and tagged it for our pool. How odd.”

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Reading the fine print, however, explains that the cannon is in fact a life-size model constructed by New Yorker Eric Hart as a prop for a Shakespeare production in Central Park. The subject is a French 75mm field gun of the WWI era, and Eric has published a really nice two-part phototutorial (1, 2) on the construction and finishing of the replica. Fooled me for sure! [Thanks, Eric!]

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


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