Some of Team Titanoboa, from left to right: Charlie Brinson, Markus Hager, Michelle La Haye, Jordan Cowan, Mark Eijsermans, Hugh Patterson, James Simard, Kelly Metzger, Polly Tan, Julian Fong, and Jonathan Faille (Photo: Michael J.P. Hall)
Robotic snakes are - perhaps surprisingly - nothing all that new. In the past several years, we've seen ones designed to swim through debris, help out at construction sites, perform surveillance, and inspect the inside of pipes. People seem to be captivated by the little guys, which begs the question: has an artist ever made one? If they did, it would have to stand out from its more utilitarian counterparts, perhaps by being enormous and incorporating colored lights. Evoking prehistory wouldn't hurt, either. Well, it turns out that there is a creation that ticks all those boxes. It's time to meet Titanoboa.