About thirty years ago, while living in Texas, Christine Martell decided that she should have a dinosaur. Last year, with help from her husband and a high school robotics team, she finally got one.
Or, rather, they made one.
A robotic dinosaur — Artosaur — who travels around Hillsboro, Oregon, and beyond, serving as an advocate for the arts.
Artosaur is a nine-foot long, six and a half feet tall, interactive, mechanically living being, made from a quarter of a mile of wire, and a 3-D-printed heart. He serves as a wild advocate for the arts, to encourage others to free their creativity in all forms.
Clearly Artosaur is a kindred spirit.
So is his creator, so naturally, I had to talk to her!
In this episode, Christine shares the story of how Artosaur came to be, and what Artosaur does in the world.
We also talked about other creative projects Christine has worked on, how creating an Artosaur has impacted her creative life, keys to effective collaboration, and the creative process in general.
The Artosaur is here to be free of the shackles of what defines art, and show us as all that art is everywhere! His message is simple:
Everyone can experience art.
Art is accessible, immediate, magical, and unexpected.
Art is valuable and paying for art is an act of creative expression.
Creative expression is everywhere, including places you might not think to look. You never know where art will turn up, or what it will do for you, and with you.
YOU are as wild and creative as he is.
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