Oakland, Calif.-based artist collective Five Ton Crane is in the business of bringing fiction into reality through their incredible, large-scale installations. Two years ago, the centerpiece of Maker Faire Bay Area was their sci-fi-influenced 41-foot-tall Raygun Gothic Rocketship, complete with an immersive environment that spanned three habitable decks full of ships systems and alien specimens. Their attention to detail and ability to coordinate the skills of the nearly 100 folks who worked on the piece is admirable to say the least.
We’re thrilled that Five Ton Crane is joining us again at this year’s Maker Faire Bay Area, taking place this weekend, May 18 and 19, at the San Mateo Fairgrounds. This time around, they bring an interpretation of the nautilus submarine from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to life in the gorgeous form of the Nautilus Submarine Art Car. A collaboration between Christopher Bently, lead artist Sean Orlando, and Five Ton Crane, this land-based submarine weighs 11,000 pounds and is 25′ long, 100″ wide, and 11’6″ tall, with a top speed of 13mph. The base vehicle is a 2005 Eagle TT8 diesel AWD airport tow tractor, designed to tow 90,000-pound airplanes.
The Nautilus comes fully equipped with: Harpoon gun water cannon (13 gallons per minute) Hydraulic drive controls RFID security system GPS navigation Pro audio system LED RGB programmable lighting system Library Specimen lab Navigation room Night-vision periscope Poop deck with custom shade canopy Air conditioning
Oakland North created a great video about the Nautilus Submarine Car:
Come see the Nautilus Submarine Art Car, along with 900 other maker-made exhibits at Maker Faire Bay Area this weekend. See you at the Faire!