Marty & Otto’s Joyride

Craft & Design

Here’s one to share with the kids.

Mike Rivamonte, an artist from Miami, FL, created this cool UFO sculpture based on sketches for a story about two aliens. He said it was his “first DIY-inspired build.”


He tells the story behind the sculpture in this video, based on his sketches.

Mike says that “Marty & Otto’s Joyride” is “my first narrated anything so there is plenty of room for improvement, but I am pleased.” You can find more of Mike’s work, including some cool robot sculptures at:

Mike had help from Garrett Mace of Macetech with some of the programming of the sculpture.

4 thoughts on “Marty & Otto’s Joyride

  1. Garrett says:

    Great to see this on Make! The code runs on an Arduino, controlling 60 ShiftBrites. Using potentiometers, you can control the hue, speed/direction, and trail fade speed of two independent light particles. The particle and trail colors mix together as they overlap and fade.

  2. Gareth Branwyn says:

    It’s gorgeous, Garrett. Great job.

    I love the use of cymbals to create the saucer. Brilliant idea.

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DALE DOUGHERTY is the leading advocate of the Maker Movement. He founded Make: Magazine 2005, which first used the term “makers” to describe people who enjoyed “hands-on” work and play. He started Maker Faire in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006, and this event has spread to nearly 200 locations in 40 countries, with over 1.5M attendees annually. He is President of Make:Community, which produces Make: and Maker Faire.

In 2011 Dougherty was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change” through an initiative that honors Americans who are “doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.” At the 2014 White House Maker Faire he was introduced by President Obama as an American innovator making significant contributions to the fields of education and business. He believes that the Maker Movement has the potential to transform the educational experience of students and introduce them to the practice of innovation through play and tinkering.

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