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After the outboard and the inboard engine, we have something brand new; the overboard engine. It’s a piece of work of Dutch artist Fred Abels. ….Honey, will you thow the motor overboard, were going to moove. What’s the idea?
When Fred want’s to sail, he throws his electro engine overboard in the water, just in front of his small rowboat. The light waterpoof engine hangs under a fender. Fred sits in his boat on some
batteries and mends the engine with the (black and red) powercables. While he’s sailing, he looks like a farmer on a horse and carriage. Everybody looked dazzled when Fred went sailing. He mounted, just for fun, a shark fin on top of the fender and went sailing sailing. People on land were flabbergasted. Fred: “People don’t know what to think when I whisper along with my electro engine. They really think that I’m pulled by a shark. Without the fin, they think my dog is pulling me through the water. People get mad and shout; Hey, you tormentor of animals, cut it out. Release the dog right now.” Fred used his strange propulsion for the last time at a lake near Amsterdam in 2005.
Fred is an authentic ‘Amsterdammer’ from the Jodenbreestraat. Hij followed a lower technical school, worked for technical companies, but his career wasn’t very succesfull. He bought a lathe and discovered that this was ‘his base for everything’. He made a trip to India and then decided to become a professional inventor. Working in a squashed atelier in Amsterdam, he met loads of free artist and squashers. Fred became their technician. He now earns his money with building objects for the Kroller Moller Museum. His remarkable elektric propulsion rests now under dust in his atelier. www.fabels.org
-The engine hangs under the fender
-De cabel diameter (5mm) is strong enough to pull him
-Material cost: zero
5 oktober 2009; rubriek:
Motor Innovaties, Waterkunst;
tags: posts in english
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