|Project by Strombergm||posted 11-25-2013 10:45 PM||5429 views||20 times favorited||27 comments|
This magnetically suspended wooden face is an original sculpture I finished in November 2013.. As with all of my sculptures, I utilize magnetic suspension to keep the pieces afloat.
Magnetic suspension of independent forms that together form an complete object, is a kinetic art technique that I developed myself. I am unaware of anyone ever doing it before me. If you are interested in this piece, you should check it out in action first. It is truly memorizing. the magnetic face is a concept I began working on in 2008. This is my most recent. It is also the largest one to date, and the first I have ever made using a bent walnut frame.
The pictures show the stages of bringing the facial parts together. Once they are together, they don’t come apart——ever—unless you pull them apart, and they will fall back to rest.
Here is a link : “https://www.facebook.com/pages/Michael-Stromberg-Kinetic-Magnetic-Artist/348110485209396?ref=hl#!/photo.php?v=670687216285053&set=vb.348110485209396&type=2&theater”
This magnetic face is made with mahogany, walnut, paduk and maple. The eyes, nose and mouth have embedded magnets that cause the features to float suspended in air. No part of the magnets are visible so this piece truly gives the impression of heavy wooden objects floating in air. and unless you really study it, you wont see where the magnets have been inserted.. and, even if you so study it. you still might not be able to find the seams.
There is a 1.5” magnetic gap between the eyes, and a 1.65” magnetic gap between the nose and mouth.
This face is rarely still. It twists bobbles and turns, with the slightest provocation (wind, earthquakes, your breath you, and my favorite- a nudge..).
The frame is made from bent walnut and is 24” high by 16” wide.
The eyes are made of mahogany with inlaid maple and paduk, to represent the iris and pupil respectively.