Why did the mummy take the escalator? To get to the spa so he could relax and unwind! Drum roll please.
When the undead roam the earth maybe they’ll use the hand rail responsibly as this fellow demonstrates.
Okay, that’s a “wrap”! Happy Halloween!
Oct 30th, 2013 by Brad
I have a feeling that this note is not real but maybe a prank. However, I do have several thoughts/questions:
1. Would this violate any laws (Fair Housing Act, ADA)?
2. I hate to break it to them but our friends over at C.J. Anderson had a similar idea first. See for yourself.
3. So, what happens if multiple people get in at the same time? Free rides on another persons expense?
By just looking at these escalators, located in the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, one would think it was simply your ordinary group of people movers. Well, not exactly. They laugh. No, seriously, these escalators actually laugh. I am not sure if this would be a fun experience or a creepy one (like a chapter taken right out of a Stephen King novel).
Regardless of what I think, here is how the convention centers website describes these unique escalators: a variety of clear, wholesome voices are used in artist Jim Green’s installation. Visitors descending on the escalator from the exhibit hall level will encounter an unexpected serenade of laughter that is mysteriously rising from beneath their feet. Recorded laughs come up through the small cracks between steps with a different voice every eight feet of the ride. Inside, a 4-channel sound system broadcasts a “call and response” volley of laughter between the speakers. Mr. Green uses sound to engage the public with humor and surprise; using sound to encourage greater interaction with his work and a stronger connection to everyday life.”
See, I am not making this up:
Oct 18th, 2013 by Kaija Wilkinson
After being furloughed a result of the U.S. government shutdown, the three elevator operators who man the senators-only elevators in the U.S. Capitol are now back at work thanks to Congress voting to end the shutdown, according to the Senate Sergeant at Arms Office, which employs the operators. Working in the capitol since the late 19th century, operators are paid by taxpayers. The Weekly Standard reports that together, they have been paid more than US$1.2 million over the past five years, garnering some criticism. However, the article also notes that besides operating elevators, they serve as guides and ushers and can perform first aid and CPR.
Oct 15th, 2013 by Kaija Wilkinson
Theatre Yes in Edmonton, Canada, is bringing an up close and personal theater experience — maybe a little too up close and personal — to people looking for a different kind of night on the town. The Elevator Project runs through October 27 throughout downtown. Theatre Yes Director Heather Inglis has staged plays in other unconventional spaces — such as hotel rooms — where there are no seats, no stage and people are out of their comfort zones. This time, she is takes the concept to an extreme. The plays are no more than five minutes long, and involve the audience actually boarding the elevators with the actors and, in some cases, becoming part of the play. In playwright Greg MacArthur’s piece, for example, two actors in hazmat suits load audience members onto the elevator while having a mundane conversation about their job. The performance takes on a “Soilent Green” aspect when the audience realizes they are essentially human livestock. For ticket and other information, visit the National Elevator Project website.
Ethan Schlussler recently built a bicycle-powered elevator to access a 30-foot-high tree house he is building in Northern Idaho. To ascend, Schlussler sits on the bicycle and simply pedals himself aloft—ropes, pulleys, and a counterweight do most of the heavy lifting. Descent involves letting the pedals spin freely and using the bike brakes and the counterweight to control speed. You can visit his YouTube site here for his answers to frequently asked questions about this unique application.
Graffiti, artwork and doodles cover the interior of this elevator but it’s not exactly what you might think. This elevator is located in the Mosse Humanities Building on the campus of University of Wisconsin-Madison. The elevator travels between the ground floor level and the upper floors of the building, where the department of art studios and aspiring artists are found. In this case I suppose graffiti isn’t frowned upon – its called homework!
International daily web magazine hotelchatter.com recently ran a piece that talked about how hotels with out-of-the-ordinary elevators create a buzz for the both the hotel and the brand. It included a pretty neat list with cool photos showing some of the top 10 examples, which included an art-installation and a secret elevator to the men’s room, both in New York City, and this very special elevator at the Radisson Blu Berlin that’s built in the center of the world’s largest cylindrical aquarium. To see the entire list, visit the website.
Daily Mail has released some unique photos of the construction underway under New York City (ELEVATOR WORLD, December 2012). The Second Avenue Subway and East Side Access lines will extend the Long Island Railroad to Grand Central Station, which has been a long time coming. Expectations for a 2019 opening remain.
Sep 18th, 2013 by Brad