20th Century Raydio
Presenting the " 20th Century Raydio"
This unit is built completely from scratch with sixteen edges milled to perfection comprising this beautiful cylindric mechanical art piece.
The outer housing is solid Mahogany, no veneers or bent wood, a very complex build to say the least. There are four large openings and sixteen small openings surrounded by deep rich wood tones, along with gold and silver trim.
Inside this machine is a six sided carrousel that spins slowly powered by a half horsepower motor and a drive belt system. In the carousel now are six exquisite and unique Monroe paintings in sequence from one of her first movies "Ladies of The Chorus", as the carrousel spins the images continuously appear in each of the case openings.
The sixteen smaller openings are designed to hold eight pictures, in them now are eight Marilyns from when she was a little girl all the way through to her last days. The other eight are equiped with an LED light system that is multicolored and remote controlled to beat with the music.
I painted the Marilyns in the caroussel and placed the pictures of her in the small openings for a Marilyn Monroe exhibit, but they can be interchanged to any other art or picture of the same dimensions.
Each opening is lit, illuminating the paintings as as they spin by on every side.
The base is welded and polished aluminum designed to accent and support the structure firmly.
Inside is a very powerful sound system that is not only bluetooth capable but has an AM/FM tuner and numerous auxilliary ports for MP3 type players plus USB ports. It pumps music out of eight openings spaced along the top of the case, a separate amplifier powers a twelve inch subwoofer placed beneath the carrousel.
This functional mechanical art work stands almost six feet tall and three feet wide.
Months of work, engineering and design went into what you see here now and it is definitely one of a kind.