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Vancouver Design Nerds in partnership with eatART

July 13, 2010 by admin  
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Artists: Vancouver Design Nerds in partnership with eatART
Project: Gramorail

Gramorail began with a whimsical vision by the Vancouver Design Nerds to design and build pedal-powered cars that would connect to one another and form a human-powered “party train”; a train that could be paraded along unused rail corridors in Vancouver.  Gramorail brings attention to the city’s rich rail heritage and promotes a sustainable mode of transportation.

Over the last year the project has taken on an identity of its own and the spectacular vision has been realized with the completion of two railcars!

Built by an ever-growing cast of contributors, including members of the Nerds in partnership with eatART, the railcars are a kinetic sculpture that acts both as vehicle and stage.  It features a sound system projected through a larger-than-life gramophone, a hand-crafted chess board, and 100 feet of track that can be transported to public events, celebrations and festivals in Vancouver and beyond!

Powered by an “engine” of 4 people on the locomotive car, the Gramorail can accommodate 6 to 8 passengers in the luxurious and finely crafted gramophone passenger car.

Gramorail is making its 4th public appearance at the New Forms Festival, preceded by eatART Powers the VAG in July, eatART’s Wavelength Film Festival & Masquerade in August, and Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada earlier this month.  It will also be at the Sustenance Festival at the Roundhouse Community Centre from Oct. 8th -16th.


The Vancouver Design Nerds are a network of collaborators from various backgrounds who share a desire to engage in design opportunities with a spirit of creative play and to challenge the normative environment of the city.

eatART fosters new media art research with a focus on large-scale, kinetic and robotic sculpture. Their projects use art to educate people about the role energy plays in our lives and to raise questions about the social and environmental impacts of energy use.


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