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Water Wheel


This 'Burden Water Wheel' artwork is an Unrealized Artwork digital collectible from the 'Beyond Limits: Unrealized Artworks of Chris Burden' Collection.

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USD $485(0.15ETH)

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3840 x 2160


This envisioned masterpiece sought to recreate a colossal 19th-century waterwheel, originally engineered by Scottish immigrant Henry Burden in Troy, New York, in 1851. With a vast diameter of 62 feet and a width of 22 feet, it was a marvel of its time and possibly even the inspiration for the iconic Ferris Wheel.

Burden's sculpture would mirror the original's grandeur in scale and appearance, meticulously crafted from modern materials such as stainless or painted galvanized steel. Unlike its historical counterpart, the Burden Water Wheel was not intended for practical power generation; instead, it was designed as an artistic endeavor.

Although the project faced logistical challenges, including cost increases and environmental considerations, its engineering viability leaves open the possibility of its realization in the future. Until then, the ideas it embodies are immortalized as a collectible digital artwork.