The Maximum Frustration Compressor is a realtime clock of the global warming index (GWI) connected to a Trompe-L’œil 3D print. On the print is a clock dial connected to a motor. As long as the global warming index climbs the dial on this clock spins erratically.

The print is a 3D model of a cold fusion reactor, connected to a post-nature branch and stone. The stone and branch have been occupied by electronics, which drive an LCD monitor with a global warming index (GWI) connected to the world wide web, on the display. The red GWI index on the monitor also has white storm clouds, moving behind the red index on the screen, quickly. The monitor is placed in a pool of water in an oil pan, with a mirror underneath.

The frustration in the title is that solar, wind, geothermal and wave power already provide real solutions to most of our energy needs. We continue to follow dreams of free energy independence and supremacy with things like cold fusion, all while high carbon extractivist policies of fracking, coal mining and oil refining continue to pollute our environments.

Maximum Frustration Compressor by Ken Rinaldo

If the dial on this 3D print stops spinning erratically, then it is a sign global warming is not increasing.

Spinning clock dial of the Maximum Frustration Compressor by Ken Rinaldo

Regretfully, the dial is always spinning as the number continues to increase, given our global addiction to carbon-based energy extraction and burning.

Maximum Frustration Compressor by Ken Rinaldo. Photo Dan Shellenbarger

The dead branch also has lichen growing and continues to consume the energy supplied by the sun originally.

Dead branch and stone holding electronics to the Maximum Frustration Compressor by Ken Rinaldo

Materials:
CNC cut frame, 3D print, Arduino microcontrollers, Stepper motor, Raspberry Pi processor connected to the web, rock and stick, oil pan and mirror.

Thanks to studio assistants; TradeMark Gunderson and intern Ty Pavia and OSU staff members, Nate Gorgon CNC milling and Bob Hite Giclee printing. Amy Youngs video capture.