Bleeding Palm is again turning Miami upside down, chopping it up, and making it do funny, flashy things. Their latest brilliant jab at the Magic City: the new, Internet-based South Florida fantasy world that is the Florida Turnpike website.
You're familiar with Bleeding Palm's crazed animated images on Cultist, but do you remember their Everglades site? Let us refresh your memory: The site served up JLo as dinner meat for a carnivorous plant and placed Einstein's ass in the mouth of a gator. Beautiful stuff.
Now, turning their critical and creative eye upon one of Florida's interstate parking lots, the Turnpike, Bleeding Palm's getting all political and shit.
The site places us in a world that's post-car tolls and pro-jet packs. In this alternate universe, Rick Scott is a fan of Holly Hunt, has two mouths, and funds a program called Glocks for Tots. Here, we wear life packs on our wrists that charge us for everyday activities like doing the sex and walking to the store. Charging for sex? Well, at least with the jet packs we won't have to sit in traffic on US-1 anymore.
Bleeding Palm told us, "The Turnpike site, like the Everglades site, is another way to have some dumb fun with our surroundings." Dumb fun? We think not. More like providing thoughtful critique in a colorful, visual way.
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The Turnpike has been under development ever since the completion of the Everglades, but the imagery and even the sound production -- clicking The Turnpike's Beyond link lets you hear Bleeding Palm's first foray into sound art -- kept the project under wraps until now.
"The Beyond page is announcing a new part of Bleeding Palm," they told us, adding that the site will be a bit more arty in the future. "It's an attempt to reverse engineer meaning into the site. It's going to explore taking things too seriously."
We're looking forward to more exciting changes in this magically delicious, expanding body of work.