The Andravida Assault
Victor Blanchard – design, engineering, mechanical problem solving, material acquisition, wood work
Chico Guerrero – welding, metal work, material acquisition
Alexandra Konrimaite – design, planning, material acquisition, seamstress, wood work
The Isosceles Krew brings you the Trojan Cart! Built to infiltrate any stronghold, the cart is constructed of unassuming materials. The device uses a modified shopping cart as its chassis, reclaimed pallet wood in the sculpture, fence posts as axles, and cable spools as wheels. It is meant to transport one elite warrior into an enemy city or grocery store to conquer from the inside out. Lesson 1. Beware strange gifts!
This was our second year entering the art car parade, and our second year entering with a shopping cart chassis. This year’s design was inspired when Victor suggested that we use cable spools for wheels. Chico and I were doubtful that this would be a success. Think of the friction! What if they break? There’s no way it’ll work. However, once we acquired the spools and saw them next to our cart we were sold.
After seeing the majestic wooden wheels adorning our shopping cart we had one thought – TROJAN HORSE! and so the design was drafted.
In order to stay true to the legend and lore of the Trojan Horse we used all found materials for the creation of the sculpture. Our list of materials includes cable reels, pallet wood, scrap steel, a shopping cart, wire coat hangers, and palm fronds.
Harvesting each of these materials was an adventure in itself. Cable spools are around, they’re trash for a lot of people. But finding four of the same size? That’s something different. I made the mistake of leaving one in my front yard – and it was swiftly jacked. Victor’s ingenuity saved the Andravida Assault’s mobility by shortening the drum of one of our odd spools to be the same size as the rest.
But how will it steer? What will the axles be like?
We’re no engineers – then again it’s doubtful that the Greek warriors were either. But in the art of war, and the art of art – all things are possible. Victor, ever observant, proposed that we use the metal tubing from street signs or fence posts. Those things can be found in places that won’t be missed if you spend time exploring the city. He also came up with the winning solution to our steering problem. The steering is comprised of a horizontally fixed axle with a vertical rotation component. This allows the cart to turn when one of the incognito warriors pulls his side of the horse.
We built the horse sculpture upon a steel skeleton designed by Alexandra and welded by Chico. The wood was then attached to the skeleton using metal coat hanger ties – another successful idea of Victor’s.
Our hard work and ingenuity paid off, most importantly the cart rolled like a dream and stayed together in one piece, and we won second place in our category (contraption)!
It was a great honor and experience to be a part of Houston’s 30th Annual Art Car Parade, and we can’t wait for next year!