Apocalyptic waffle irons
In the future, we’ll all be living in toasters. Or food processors, electric razors and vacuum cleaners. That’s according to Canadian artist David Trautrimas, who loves to take household objects apart, photograph them, and turn them into imaginary buildings called Habitat Machines.
Habitat Machines are digital prints created in response to the mostly dull residential buildings he sees. ‘What Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid are doing on a commercial scale would be so cool if it was happening residentially,’ he explains.
A self-proclaimed ‘obsessive junk hunter’, Trautrimas created Habitat Machines by taking apart discarded objects like coffee pots and oil cans, rescaling them and assembling them into high rises and apartment complexes with names like Electric Razor Co-operative, Coffee Pot Towers, and Waffle Iron Heights. He even superimposed pictures of real gardens and driveways.
Unsurprisingly perhaps Trautrimas admits to being inspired by Frank Gehry‘s architecture and ‘the old Monty Python work of Terry Gilliam’. It’s fun to look at his works and guess which parts belong to which household object – and how he came up with the idea for the final images.
Habitat Machines is on display at the Santa Fe Gallery until September 12th. RM
Images: David Trautrimas