First Place AT&T Image Contest, 1987
Teapot, is a still from the simulated short film, Polly Gone, a day in the life of a robot. In this scene, you can see the magnetic horseshoe shaped hand of Polly Gone, making tea. The teapot design is loosely based on the Marianne Brandt 1924 Bauhaus classic. The Brandt teapot (Model No. MT49 tea infuser) sold at auction in 2007 for a record $361,000, a record for anything made in the workshops of the Bauhaus. Klaus Weber, curator of the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin described Brandt's creation as "Bauhaus in a Nutshell."
From the beginning of digital scene simulation, the teapot was used extensively by software engineers to debug rendering engines. Gary Demos, the lead engineer behind the software used to render this scene, experimented with texture mapping snapshots of the surrounding environment on the reflective object.