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screen shot 2012 10 15 at 1 53 26 pm Charon Brought to Life Via Human Powered Zoetrope

Charon was the mythological boatman who ferried the souls of the recently departed across the river Styx to the afterlife. Artist Peter Hudson and a huge team of volunteers worked for six months to create an interactive version of Charon for Burning Man last year. The project took over 5,000 hours and 100 people to complete, including project management, documentation, fundraising, social media,  and administration.  Funding came from more than 350 Kickstarter donations and a grant from Burning Man.

The “stroboscopic zoetrope” sculpture featured 20 individually cast skeletons that appear to row toward the underworld.

Charon will be brought to life again for Escape From Wonderland in San Bernadino, Oct. 27. Check it out if you dare.

Stett Holbrook

Stett is a senior editor at MAKE with abiding interest in food and drink, bicycles, woodworking, and environmentally sound human enterprises. He is the father of two young makers.

He is also the co-creator of Food Forward, a documentary TV series for PBS about the innovators and pioneers changing our food system.

Contact Stett with tips and story ideas on:

*Sustainable/green design
*Young Makers
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