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Primate’s Progress: a Chuggy Solar-Powered Lawn Mower

Posted By Moe Beitiks On July 15, 2010 @ 7:00 pm In Art,Design,Environment,Solar Power | 1 Comment

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We’ve seen several solar-powered lawn mowers [2] lately, and they’re generally high-tech, super space-cadety looking things [3]. That’s part of why the Primate’s Progress [4] mower tickles our bits. It’s a cute little solar-powered mower buggy created by artists Marguerite Karhl [5] and Paul Ruff. But besides the bright colors and rounded corners, what’s exciting about this puttery thing [6] is that it’s made from recycled parts.

Primate’s Progress premiered a few years ago as part of the exhibition “Garden Improvement [7]” at Wavehill [8] public gardens and cultural center. The exhibition explored the relationship between humans and the cultivated environment. This button-red mower-buggy is controlled by remote (from the front porch, if you like) and charges over a series of days. Kahrl and Ruff drew on their previous experience as machinists and electricians to build it and send it gloriously puttering around the Bronx. Again: cute. Now if we could just get one that plants native seeds along the way . . .

+ Karhl [5]

+ Wavehill [8]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/07/primateprogress.jpg

[2] solar-powered lawn mowers: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/11/10/automower-solar-powered-lawnmower/

[3] high-tech, super space-cadety looking things: http://www.google.com/images?q=Solar%20Powered%20lawn%20mower&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wi

[4] Primate’s Progress: http://www.wavehill.org/arts/margueritekahrl_with_paulruff.html-print=true

[5] Marguerite Karhl: http://www.kahrl.com/

[6] puttery thing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHwxqCoGvZ4

[7] Garden Improvement: http://www.wavehill.org/arts/garden_improvement.html

[8] Wavehill: http://www.wavehill.org/home/

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