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behold: the tantalUS

one part greek mythology, two parts crack at uncle sam and the ever elusive fabled american dream, and a dash of freakishly run-down music box; tantalus is the latest by zoetrope mastermind peter hudson and team.

 

participants pump hand railway carts which power the spinning stobe-lit animated sculpture. it's most astounding at nighttime, but welders' masks are available to allow it to be viewed in daylight. a hand dangles a golden apple just out of reach of a rising figure, as sledgehammers bang out an eerily out-of-key version of the beginning strains of the national anthem.

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Taken on August 30, 2008