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January 18, 2007

The Echo Navigo

photo of the Echo Navigo

So, you say you're in Manhattan and you have the urge to see some animals? Well, you could go to the American Museum of Natural History or the Central Park Zoo, but may I suggest you swing by the bitforms gallery instead? They've captured an Echo Navigo!

The Echo Navigo (scientific name Anmorome Istiophorus platypterus Uram) is a complex and beautiful robotic creation of Korean artist U-Ram Choe. Choe's even created a natural history for his creation:

The Echo Navigo lives near (a) huge antenna in the city, and eats a variety of electric waves.

Therefore, these electronic-beings have fins enabling them to fly through the flow of electric waves. During the daytime they can make their body transparent, and become nearly invisible.

These creatures were first found by a telephone engineer, who was trying to find the reason for the echo caused by the creature's fast flight around radio antennae. The larvae of Echo Navigo were found nearby.

Want to see the Navigo before it's released back into the wild? Swing by the bitforms gallery. It's at 529 West 20th Street in New York City. And check out their website for photos and a video of the Navigo in action.

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at January 18, 2007 10:46 PM