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Vertwalker

Imaginations of the future urban landscape is almost always inextricably linked to an idea of a different use of the vertical space. Pushing architecture away from today’s piled two-dimensionality towards a true spatial accessible structure: Bridges between buildings like in Metropolis, vertical streets in Minority Report and flying cars in Bladerunner (and everywhere else like 5th Element) – just to name a few. The use of the vertical stands for the future.

Taking over the vertical city space is also something supernatural. There is hardly any comic-superhero without the ability to get off the ground. Either with superpowers like Spiderman, Superman and the Silver Surfer or with the help of technical equipment like Batman, Ironman or the Green Goblin.

 

The Vertwalker is a robotic device adhering to vertical surfaces and driving on them.

 

We have realized two Vertwalker prototypes before, which were used in the “Trial Record”- installations at the Blooom Art Show in Cologne 2011 and at Musrara Mix Festival 2012 in Jerusalem.  All we learned from those experiences influenced the redesign of this third generation of Vertwalkers.

 

This third generation (actually there are six devices now)  became central to our colorspace series. The first was “Emerging Colorspace“, shown at Saatchi Gallery London in 2013. Currently two permanent robotic installations are to be seen in Berlin. The “Rising Colorspace” at Metropol-Park and the “Sensing Colorspace“ at the 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin.

Materials: PA casing, foam boards, motors, sensors, custom electronics, custom software
Idea and initial design: Achim Meyer

Machine: Vertwalker

Categories: Machine

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