Friday, April 22, 2016

kinetic structure

I have been a fan of kinetic sculpture and machines for a long time. This interest began when my mother told me about the impossibility of a perpetual motion machine. The concept started a life long fascination with how things work.

This was further fueled by the kinetic sculptured machines utilized in the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang which, were created by Rowland Emett.


Though this work wasn't solely kinetic, I enjoyed the simple beauty of it.

I began asking for things that reflected my interest in simple machines. I asked for a rubber band powered flapping planes, that were powered by the twisting of the band. I begged for the game mousetrap which I set up (not, to play because it was a rather dull game) but to watch the trap unfold. I then began disassembling and reassembling a mechanical alarm clock, I had to understand the relationship between the gears. I even did my own research on the drawings of Rube Goldberg; every time I went to the library.

In my young adult to early adult years, I moved to more artistic kinetic sculpture, like David C Roy's wooden moving wall art and Theo Jensen's sand beasts.

Recently, I re-stumbled on an old concept.

Music and Kinetic Machines.

When I was young, my parents drove us up to Wisconsin to visit a tourist attraction called, House on the Rock. It is a Frank Loyd Wright style building (there is some scandal and hearsay involved with the creation of the building), that houses a strange (and rather impressive) collection of items. There is a whole section of the building dedicated to automated music machines. These machines literally play standard instruments with mechanics and a small bit of electricity. Which brings me to the similar and more interactive work of Wintergatan

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