Red Bull Kluge – Video of the week

by Brian Mullin on November 16, 2012

Although the word Kluge is derived from the German adjective Klug (meaning “clever”),
it’s really a way to configure something that is inelegant, inefficient, clumsy, or patched together, but succeeds in solving a specific problem or performing a particular task (like getting a bad computer program to work).

The Red Bull Kluge combines complex machinery patched together with the energy and prowess of world-class athletes, to see what happens when physics gets physical.

This wild video is the work of Syyn Labs, whom brought you OK Go’s ‘This Too Shall Pass’. The work took a support crew of 100 people and 17 days to complete and 35 tons of materials, and it includes 11 Red Bull athletes. It was filmed at the old El Toro Marine Corps Air Station near Irvine, California. After lots of preparation, the actual filming only took four hours.

The following athletes are in the video:

Sean MacCormac (Skydiver), Joey Brezinski (Skateboarder), Rickie Fowler (Golfer), Danny MacAskill (Trials Biker), Ryan Sheckler (Skateboarder), Drew Bezanson (BMX Rider), Bryce Menzies (Off-Road Truck Racer), Rhys Millen (Drifter), Robbie Maddison (Freestyle Motocross Rider), Lolo Jones (Hurdler), and Pat Moore (Snowboarder).

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