The Museum Elevator as Immersive Art

The Museum Elevator as Immersive Art

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A New York Times report on a series of elevators designed by Richard Artschwager.  Set to open in 2015, the new elevators will use materials like plastic laminate, glass, and stainless steel.

The elevators will be used by visitors, with the largest at nary 15 feet wide.  Some will also be used to transport art.  According to the Whitney Museum’s press release, “The commission [of the elevators] takes a cue from Janus III (elevator), the first large-scale interactive sculptural installation Artschwager created, in 1981. It is a non-functioning chrome and Formica elevator cab with its own interior lighting. The viewer can enter and press buttons that activate a chorus of sound and recreate the feeling of ascending and descending. Janus III is in the collection of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne and was exhibited in the Whitney’s 1988 retrospective. Artschwager also previously worked on architectural commissions including the design of the façades of Georg Kargl BOX in Vienna and the David Nolan Gallery in New York.”

Janus III: non-working elevator museum piece

Janus III: non-working elevator museum piece

 

Thyssenkrupp Evolution Blue — About and Design Options

This video shows exactly how the Thyssenkrupp model, Evolution Blue, works with the newest technology and design options. This is a simulation, but it shows really well all of the technology and parts that go into the model.

High points:
Its sides are replaceable so it can be updated aesthetically. It also has a self-learning e-core engine that makes sure the elevator “learns” where it needs to be and channels energy to be more efficient.

Gift Ideas for the Elevator Enthusiast

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Elevator Enthusiast

These are our top 10 gift ideas for the elevator enthusiast in your life.  Be sure to scroll all the way down to get to #1!

10.  Otis Elevator Globe- $65.00, or best offer

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9.  World’s Best Elevator Man coffee mug – $13.49

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 8.  Grain Elevator Kit- Assemble this intricate puzzle piece yourself! $44.98

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7.  Elevator Design, Construction, and Maintenance book with highly detailed illustrations–$14.95

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6.  Elevator Shaft Construction book, for the elevator expert who has everything. – $7.52

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5.  Elevator Simulator 3D (App)- $0.99 – This app (for android, only, it seems), simulates elevators and how they work from the inside out.  We haven’t tried it ourselves, but for $0.99, why not?

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4.  Frameable antique Otis Elevator advertisement.  Would look great in a frame in any bedroom!   $19.00, or best offer

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3.  Elevator Stationary—For writing notes to The Society for Vertical Transportation, no doubt!  $19.49, set

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2.  Antique 1950’s brass up and down elevator sign.  While a bit on the expensive side, this would be super cool to own!  $250.00, or best offer

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1.  A membership welcome package for The Society for Vertical Transportation- $35

Includes a t-shirt, membership card, recognition and special access. What more could you want?  To purchase, click the “purchase here” link below (you’ll need a paypal account and be sure to double check your mailing address).

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The Fastest Elevator in the World (Taipei 101 Express Elevator)

At its fastest, this Toshiba travels at 16.83 m/s (60.6 km/h) as it goes up. In 2004, it set a new record for being the fastest elevator.

It is so fast that you can travel from the 5th floor to an observatory on floor 89 in just 37 seconds! The elevator is equipped with an emergency braking systems, and the world’s first triple-stage anti-overshooting system!

AquaDom Aquarium Elevator (Berlin)

Today we are featuring a video of the AquaDom elevator in Berlin. This is a one-of-a-kind elevator that travels through a tunnel-shaped aquarium full of fish and other sea life. The elevator itself is transparent so the fish can be seen from all sides.

We’ve learned that the AquaDom was built in 2004, and cost about 12.8 million euros to build. A lot of its parts were especially built for the project, too.