Meet the Maker: Ian Charnas

By Kristen Lomasney

Ian Charnas' personal work blends art and technology, including projects such as the World's Largest Twin Musical Tesla Coils and a Magical Mustache Mirror.

Ian Charnas' personal work blends art and technology, including projects such as the World's Largest Twin Musical Tesla Coils and a Magical Mustache Mirror. He applied his creativity and skill to his build (and his video!) for Project Egress.

Continue on to read about Ian and to watch his build video.

Bio: Ian Charnas is a co-founder of Sears think[box], a seven-story Makerspace and Innovation Center at Case Western Reserve University that is free and open to the public. He graduated from Case Western with degrees in both computer and mechanical engineering.

His personal work blends art and technology in creatively-themed exhibits and group projects, including the World's Largest Twin Musical Tesla Coils, a Magical Mustache Mirror, and a Waterfall Swing.

Explore Ian's work at https://www.iancharnas.com or in features by Wired, Forbes, NPR, Popular Mechanics, IEEE Spectrum, Boing‐Boing, Make Magazine, PitchFork, and Hack-a-Day.

PART #10: CABIN PURGE PORT ASSEMBLY

Artist statement: "I aim to inspire creativity and the belief that you can do anything. I've rallied 53 people in subzero temperatures to open a popup cafe on the frozen waters of Lake Erie, lived for a week in the Nevada desert in a passively-cooled house I designed, and taught children at a New Hampshire summer camp how to make real working boats using only cardboard. I like to bring lots of people into the process.

My sincere hope for these projects is that they will delight you, and that each new invention will expand the boundaries of what we allow ourselves to believe we can achieve together. Even today, there are plenty of new ideas waiting for someone to think of them. Be bold, and believe in yourself.

Follow Ian: Website | Youtube | Twitter