Production of a full-size driveable taxi sculpture
In 2007 the artist Peter Mountain was commissioned by the arts organisation Walk the Plank to produce a work for the Manchester Art Car Parade. Peter's concept was to create a fully mobile 'Black Cab' made from interlocking vertical and horizontal cross sections cut from sheets of corrugated plastic.
Peter approached Conservation Technologies to assist him in the development of his driveable sculpture. Combining laser scan data taken from a full size black cab, CAD modelling to refine detail and a space frame designed by the artist to house the engine and gearbox, Conservation Technologies created a 3D model of the modified cab. The CAD model was then sliced to create the horizontal and vertical profiles, which were later laser cut into plastic sheets, and used by Peter to produce the full-size driveable sculpture.
The 'Black Cab' has been driven on art parades around Manchester, Preston, Blackpool, Newcastle and Gateshead.
Have a look at images of the computer designs and finished sculpture in the image gallery.