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Artists take up residence in hamster wheel-shaped "home"


March 10, 2014

The In Orbit exhibition is open until April 5 (Photo: Pierogi Gallery)

The In Orbit exhibition is open until April 5 (Photo: Pierogi Gallery)

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If you've ever felt your daily routine was like being stuck on a hamster wheel, then spare a thought for architectural artists Ward Shelley and Alex Schweder. The pair actually did live in a "home" shaped like an oversized hamster wheel for some 10 days as part of their art exhibit, dubbed In Orbit.

Located in a space run by New York's Pierogi Gallery called The Boiler, In Orbit comprises a large 7.6 m (25 ft) wheel constructed from wood and steel. Two living units – one for each artist – are installed on the circumference of the wheel and to launch the exhibit, the pair lived within the structure all day, every day, for 10 days. To make the most of available space, one artist was located on the inside of the wheel and another on the outside.

Furniture and equipment such as a laptop, chairs, wardrobe and assorted amenities like a sink, toilet, and microwave are also located within the wheel. In order to access each area, the artists were required to walk in tandem to rotate it in the correct direction and remain upright.

While it's obviously not going to win any prizes for practicality, the In Orbit exhibition certainly offers food for thought. The artists are no longer resident in the wheel, but it is available to view until April 5.

Source: Pierogi Gallery via Design Boom

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Adam Williams Adam scours the globe from his home in North Wales in order to bring the best of innovative architecture and sustainable design to the pages of Gizmag. Most of his spare time is spent dabbling in music, tinkering with old Macintosh computers and trying to keep his even older VW bus on the road. All articles by Adam Williams

It's fun for the human hamster apart from mid-day when the toilet is at 12 o'clock.

Anastasios Glykos

A disturbingly excellent consideration, Anastasios.

Bob Vious

Where is HAL? This thing reminds me of the ship on 2001 a Space odyssey.

Nelson Chick

Toilets must be around the back sides of the two kitchen blocks.

Gregg Eshelman
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