Architectural Elements Builds a one-of-a-kind Faraday Cage
BELLINGHAM, WA. June 17, 2015 -- Would you ever consider strapping yourself to a table as 4 million volts of electricity strikes down inches from your face? That’s what the death-defying metal fabricators at Architectural Elements did after completing their Faraday Cage. It is a one-of-a-kind metal enclosure that gives users the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with more than 4 million volts of electricity--and live to tell about it.
Throughout the past century, famous magicians and performers have used Faraday Cages in conjunction with Tesla coils for spectacular electrifying performances. David Blaine, for instance, has used a Tesla coil in many of his shows, and the same Tesla coil used in this project was once owned by Chris Angel of Mindfreak. Penn from Penn & Teller absolutely loved the Faraday Cage after seeing it while on tour in Bellingham, Washington. The cage is also featured in an upcoming music video. This video follows the building of Architectural Elements’ Faraday Cage, a tribute to the golden age of electricity. It is currently installed at the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention located in Bellingham, Washington
Architectural Element’s Faraday Cage enclosure was hand-formed from a conductive, stamped steel mesh. This mesh allows electricity to flow safely around the individual inside the cage. Achieving the look and feel of the completed cage required inventive mechanical design; AE’s staff designed the project to be reminiscent of both Jules Verne and Frankenstein with timeless architectural details. Achieving these details required a ceaseless attention to detail as is evident in the finished design. Solid head rivets, accurate involute gear tooth geometry, 3D printed bronze logo and specifically designed brass details, manually distressed reclaimed fir, sculpted hexagonal mesh, expert patination, hand crafted leather work, and a thousand other details went into the creation of this masterpiece. These details taken individually are insignificant but as a package turn heads and demands distinction in any setting.
“It was great to have a project where our staff was able to flex their design and fabrication muscles and make it exactly the way we wanted it,” said AE owner Joe Clark.