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The Torso, a machine performance, 1996

The Torso was a celebration of the amazing work machines which are still in use on the
Russian scrapyard Bto Met: Especially interesting was the twelve meter tall wooden tower
on rails.Meant for brute crushing, it houses an immense metal weight which simply falls
from this height onto the scrap. A fascinating and raw system to flatten cast metal parts.

The group made a solid metal torso which was lowered by a magnetic crane into the crushing
ditch. Then the wooden tower drove over the ditch. Falling from ten meters in height, the
two-ton iron globe crushed the torso completely. The whole performance was accompanied
by the stunning sounds of the machines.


Machine Performance, torso

Eurokon, scrapyard Bto Met, Yekaterinburg 1996 | Linda Herzog

Machine Performance, torso crushed

Eurokon, scrapyard Bto Met, Yekaterinburg 1996 | Linda Herzog

Machine Performance, sketch

Eurokon, scrapyard Bto Met, Yekaterinburg 1996

Machine Performance, torso

Eurokon, scrapyard Bto Met, Yekaterinburg 1996

Machine Performance, torso

Eurokon, scrapyard Bto Met, Yekaterinburg 1996

Machine Performance, the main actor

Eurokon, scrapyard Bto Met, Yekaterinburg 1996

Machine Performance, the metal globe

Eurokon, scrapyard Bto Met, Yekaterinburg 1996

Machine Performance, magnetic crane

Eurokon, scrapyard Bto Met, Yekaterinburg 1996

Machine Performance, torso gets lowered into the crushing ditch

Eurokon, scrapyard Bto Met, Yekaterinburg 1996

Machine Performance, torso is crushed

Eurokon, scrapyard Bto Met, Yekaterinburg 1996

Machine Performance, torso gets dumped

Eurokon, scrapyard Bto Met, Yekaterinburg 1996

Machine Performance, back to scrap

Eurokon, scrapyard Bto Met, Yekaterinburg 1996

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