Airplane Graveyard, Mojave, California

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Re: Airplane Graveyard, Mojave, California

Post by Mark » Tue Jul 01, 2008 12:43 pm

I just don't get all this stuff of trying to make something out of an object that has nothing to do with what the part or their intended uses were made for. The more I look around, the more I start see this sort of thing. It's some sort of addiction people have, they should just let it go before it gets out of hand.
One time I bought a small pulsejet fogger on eBay and cut it way down because the exhaust tube was way too long. Now it is just the right proportion for making some real sound if I build a new valve for it. My brother sarcastically/mockingly remarked that I might be the first person to make a pulsejet out of a pulsejet. ha
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Re: Airplane Graveyard, Mojave, California

Post by larry cottrill » Tue Jul 01, 2008 2:31 pm

Mark -

This is the world of Art From Found Objects. Originally, that just meant making interesting stuff from junk you just had lying around. Now it means hunting around like a professional explorer and paying hundreds of dollars for junk someone else just had lying around. So you can make some more interesting stuff.

Someday all this will be unearthed by archeologists, who will peg all of it as bizarre religious images. Motel of the Mysteries. Ha.

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Re: Airplane Graveyard, Mojave, California

Post by Mark » Wed Jul 02, 2008 1:31 am

Larry,
Thanks for defining/naming my addiction. For a second I thought I might have bower bird disease. ha
In my previous post I was trying to be funny, but I guess it really doesn't/didn't come across how deeply reversed my true feelings are. I love looking for or finding any object that might have even some remote use in Pulsejet Land. That old pulsejet fogger I bought for example looked EXACTLY like a linear valveless with a flat front end and long intake tube attached to the front. Then even futher up the long intake tube/way up front was a peculiar tiny petal valve with a cone shaped retainer 90 degreed onto the snorkel, like some sort of marriage between a valved and valveless design. I just sawed it off just behind the flat front face and of course some of the length of the long tail made for vaporizing the liquid insecticide, now looking something like a slightly smaller Tigerjet with the head unscrewed from the body.
It really is amazing how many fields of art draw upon using a unique "what's at hand" in crafting a piece of work. I'm glad I'm not alone in this insanity. Maybe someone could write a book entitled "Found Objects in Pulsejet Land". ha
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Found_object
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPbWJPsBPdA

Looks like this one/species likes blue straws or rather anything in blue.
http://www.fritzhaeg.com/webpic/4N1M4-p ... ower04.jpg
http://www.flickr.com/photos/maureeng/1230006934/
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/58/16418 ... 5c.jpg?v=0
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Re: Airplane Graveyard, Mojave, California

Post by larry cottrill » Wed Jul 02, 2008 2:49 am

Mark -

How could I have been duped so easily? Oh wel ...

If you've never seen it, search your local library (ha) for the little book Motel Of The Mysteries. I don't know what ever happened to my copy, but the descriptions and drawings knocked me right off my chair laughing every time I picked it up. I think this was from the 1980s or maybe early 90s. The "scientific drawings" of scenes (e.g. two skeletons sitting up in bed with a can of beer) are literally unforgettable, at least to a highly trained scientific observer such as myself ;-) A JetZILLA "must read" recommendation, for sure.

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