Containership Powersupply

10Jan07

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CONTAINERSHIP POWERSUPPLY, 2006

Designed to accommodate the many power adapters cluttering our living space, this ship powers our electronic devices with their cords in its wake. It also makes apparent the infrastructure behind all those power cords.

Most electronic devices in use everyday are manufactured in one province in China and are delivered to us by containership. What people often do not realize is the extreme scale of the infrastructure needed when a single geographic area becomes a primary manufacturing source; even for things that most people see as insignificant. The largest of these ships hold up to 9,000 40ft containers and are too massive for the Panama Canal. They frequently return to China empty. There is nothing to bring back.

The Containership Powersupply (Prototype shown) measures 20″x3.5″x5″ and is made from a cast rubber body over a metal chassis. Prototyping by ModelSource, Avon, CT

Courtesy of giffen’termeer

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