|Project by Strombergm||posted 11-26-2013 10:44 PM||3497 views||12 times favorited||9 comments|
This is Io. It is my most recent kinetic sculpture using magnetic suspension. There is a two inch magnetic gap between the two forms inside the frame ( the bottom piece is literally floating)....
Io is named after the innermost of the four Galilean moons of the planet Jupiter.
The four arms of the sculpture are 8.5” long each, making the the sculpture 17” across.
Each arm has three circles radiating from the center. The innermost circle is cocobolo wood, the second is padauk, and the third is purpleheart. None of the wood that I use is stained. I carefully select wood for its color and grain characteristics.
The frame is made from bent oak and bent walnut. It stands 20” high.
Io is a true pleasure to watch. It’s movements are slow and deliberate…. It is quite hypnotizing.
If you are interested in seeing it in motion, here is a link : http://youtu.be/D-PaGcWgxj0
Io, as with all of my sculptures, took a long time to design and build. There is no blueprint or book on anything I do. Magnetic suspension is a technique I am still developing. Every point in the design stage, takes careful calculations to make it work. Every thing from wood choice, magnets used (type & grade of magnet, size, shape strength and orientation of magnets all matter), wire and wire connectors matter. If I am off in one calculation, it’s back to the drawing board.
Thanks for looking- mike