Kinetic Sculpture #1

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Project by Logan posted 07-31-2011 06:57 AM 2714 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This summer I went to Boston for a summer program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. I ended up getting really into sculpture, and decided to make this piece my main project. I was inspired to make this kinetic sculpture by Reuben Margolin. I was fascinated and inspired by one of the motorized sculptures that he had made, and wanted to build my own. I first started thinking about how I could simplify and scale down the design. The offset location of the handle pulls all of the strings on the sculpture at different tensions. When rotated, it makes the dowel rods at the end ripple and droop in a wave-like motion. Depending on which way I feed the strings through the sculpture, It can change the wave motion of the dowels. This is something I’m going to experiment with next time I install it somewhere. The whole project took about 3 weeks of work every day during and after class in studio time. all of the pieces are made from 3/8th plywood, spray painted and then screwed together. This is one of the first projects that I have done that has worked out absolutely perfectly from the very first steps of designing, all the way through to completion.
Here is a video of the sculpture in action!

-- Logan

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#1 posted 07-31-2011 07:42 AM

Fascinating. But I have to ask the obvious, “Where’s the video that should accompany this post?”. :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#2 posted 07-31-2011 08:18 AM

Interesting concept and design as well as a demanding construction. Well done.

Was the video link added late or did ol’ Rance just miss it? :-)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#3 posted 07-31-2011 03:08 PM


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#4 posted 07-31-2011 03:19 PM

Amazingly creative. I’d say you have quite a future ahead of you, in both art and woodworking.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 07-31-2011 05:34 PM

Verrrry Interesting. Creative. Cutting out those circular pieces must have been a challenge. Are you able to take it home with you? BTW, was that you turning the wheel in the vid? HaHa.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#6 posted 08-01-2011 02:01 AM

The props for the discs were the most time consuming…all those little notches were a pain. but it was worth it. I did take it apart and am going to have it shipped back home! Im excited to set it up again.

-- Logan

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#7 posted 08-01-2011 02:04 AM

Interesting video. I’m claiming “video added late” Paul. That’s my story and I’m sticking with it.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#8 posted 08-01-2011 05:07 AM

Great project and well executed. Bet people could not keep their hands off of it

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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