The aim of the installation is to attract a customers attention through motion. The cloth will be animated by wind and the installation will be interactive. The customer will have access to radio controls that operate the coat-hangers. He or she becomes the pilot of the cloth that dance and fly on his command.
Coathanger Choppers will be an installation of sever coat-hangers in an array. Each of these hangers has two 12 volt computer fans installed at its elongated neck. They are located on a horizontal axis above the shoulder part of the hanger. Two servos change the angle of the fans and thus cause the hanger to spin.
The fans are not powerful enough to lift the cloth, but enough to make it wave in the wind. According to the heaviness of cloth the hanger will be able to spin faster or slower.
When several coat-hanger choppers are hung in a symmetric formation they will be controlled by one or two senders.
If the cables for the servos are switched it will cause the hanger to behave mirroring to another controlled by the same sender. Optically one can achieve more complexity with less control units.
In a more elaborated version It would be possible to preprogram certain choreographies.
It is also thinkable to have one control panel that gives different array patterns and that lets the user choose which cloth do what. This would make it necessary to develop with a programmer. It could be developed until someone is able to direct it via a website or a smart phone. Nevertheless maybe the directness of a radio control is just as effective or more direct to comprehend..
Idea august 2011 Michael Schoner