Mech Builder James Capper Has the Name to Know From Art Basel Miami

A hydraulic, robotic, 2,000-pound arachnoid took the art world by force.

Down at Art Basel Miami, sculpturist James Capper is making waves — and divots. Capper, through his art, explores the overlap of industry, environment, and aesthetics. He’s roughly one-third hydraulic engineer, one-third choreographer, and one-third incompetent landscaper. Cumulatively, he’s a cool artist from London who makes crazy robotic arachnoids.

Using remote-controlled hydraulics, Capper gradually moves his machines around their environments. These moving machines — “Earth Markers” — leave a trail marking their progress and turning the ground beneath them into a sort of canvas.

Mountaineer Prototype

“Mountaineer Prototype,” Capper’s exhibit at Art Basel Miami, is a 2,000-pound hydraulic robot.

It’s called “Mountaineer Prototype” for a reason: he hopes to recreate the machine on a much larger scale. Don’t let massive, potentially world-dominating robots into your nightmares, though: This is art. It’s just art.

“Mountaineer Prototype” isn’t the lone mech in Capper’s menagerie, but it’s the most intimidating. For now.

James Capper demonstration for Cass Sculpture Foundation's Spring Launch #jamescapper #cass #sculpture #casssculpturefoundation

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Media via Paul Kasmin Gallery