Don't stop pedaling on bike-powered Ferris wheel

Ferris wheel meister Paul Cesewski is working on another of his pedal-powered marvels.

Pedal power: The bike-operated Ferris wheel. Tod Seelie

If you're a fan of amusement rides and exercise, here's a homemade thrill you won't want to miss.

Kinetic sculptor Paul Cesewski (aka Paul Da Plumber) is building another pedal-powered Ferris wheel that can seat three daring riders.

As seen in the vid below, the wheel gets plenty of laughs--and squeals. Paul and collaborators plan to show the wheel this summer in conjunction with artists' collective Miss Rockaway Armada.

"The Ferris wheel is just in the beginning stages and will eventually be floating on a junk raft on a river," says collaborator and photographer Tod Seelie, adding that a smaller version of the wheel previously sailed down the Mississippi.

Paul has been building Ferris wheels in various forms for years and showing them off at festivals such as Maker Faire. At the Burning Man festival in 2004, he debuted his Star Wheel, a three-person, mobile, giant hamster-wheel contraption that looks insanely dangerous and fun.

A 2008 artist-in-residence at the San Francisco dump, he produced an exhibition entitled "Carnival Mecanique," and made this statement:

"Much of my artwork consists of bicycle-powered kinetic sculpture. Participants move themselves through space by pushing bicycle pedals. People-powered machines engage us in active participation with the machines. The process of propulsion is in the hands of the participant. The participant can experiment with the machine and respond to stimulus directly. We experience the organic nature of propelling ourselves."

I just hope his wheels have seat belts.


Bicycle Ferris Wheel - Test Run from Sucka Pants on Vimeo.

(Via Craziest Gadgets)

 

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