A collections of interesting links including kinetic artists, inspiration links, sculpture parks to visit, and resources for creating your own kinetic sculptures.
Interesting Kinetic Sites
Kool Kinetics - "This site is dedicated to those who mix mechanics with art and develop "Rube Goldberg" type machines, wind powered mobiles, rolling ball powered sculptures and fantasy computer generated motion systems."
Making Things Move • DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists and Artists - A book by Dustyn Roberts - moving mechanisms through non-technical explanations, examples, and do-it-yourself projects--from kinetic art installations to creative toys to energy-harvesting devices. Photographs, illustrations, screen shots, included.
MakingThingsMove.com - This is the blog about Dustyn Roberts book for Artists on how to make things move. The site includes a resource tab filed with resources to go along with the projects.
Mechanisms 101 - Making engineering accessible to all! interactive animations in engineering education
507 Mechanical Movements - A website with animations. Search on Escapements in the index.
Complicated Mechanisms Explained - A collection of simple animations explaining how different mechanisms work.
About Rolling Ball Sculptures and Kinetic Art - A website "devoted to the subject of Kinetic Art, Rolling Ball Sculptures, Automata, weird machines and wooden and paper mechanics."
How toMake a Rolling Ball Sculpture - A guide on basic techniques.
Kmoddle - Kinetic Models for Design Digital Library
John Whitney - Digital Harmonies
Virtual Mechanisms - Animated by Java
The Mobile Factory by Unigami - Beautiful hanging mobiles in the Calder tradition.
WoodGears - Woodworking for Engineers
Kinetic Art Organizations
Other Blogs Of Interest
Clocks And Plans By Others
Clock and Watch Escapement Mechanics in Motion - Animations showing how a wide variety of escapements work.
Clock Plans - I do not sell or give out plans for my sculptures. If you would like a building challenge take a look at this site. They might have what you want.
Clayton Boyer- Another place to get plans
Derrick Hugger - Kinetic Sculpture Plans for sale
Big Book of Wooden Clocks - 29 Favorite Projects and Patterns - Scheduled for release in July of 2009
Plans for Clocks, Mechanical Bank, and Toys - Plans for purchase from Christopher Blasius in German or English. Includes the fascinating mechanical bank with visible workings mentioned in my blog.
Brian Law's Wooden Clocks - Plans for 8 different clocks designed by Brian Law
Wooden Ball Machine 2.1 - Twelve videos on creating different wooden elements in a rolling ball machine,
Phil Abernathy - From a family of clockmakers creating contemporary, sculptural clocks based on historical and obscure devices.
Bruce Aitken, Clock Maker - Beautifully hand crafted wooden clocks
Timeshapes by James Borden - Clocks that are also kinetic sculptures
Sculpture Parks To Visit
Storm King - Mountainville, NY. • This is a favorite of ours and well worth the drive to get to. If you visit be sure to hike out to see Any Goldsworthy's stone wall.
Grounds for Sculpture - Trenton, NJ • We generally visit here every year. Not only have they created beautiful locations for sculptures outdoors, they have indoor galleries with wonderful sculpture shows as well.
DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum - Lincoln, MA • Great for an afternoon trip near Boston.
Andre Art Institute - Brookline, NH • Thanks to collector J.S from Hollis, NH for this lead. Bring your hiking shoes and be surprised.
Wilson Whirligigpark - This place sounds like a destination worth seeking. Vollis Simpson is a plus 90 artist creating whimsical whirligigs.
Other kinetic artists of interest
Bruce Shapiro - Mesmerizing kinetic sand drawing machines
Paolo Uliana - Sculptures in the Wind
Anthony Howe -Wind power stainless steel kinetic sculptures - exterior installations
Chuck Dunbar Whirligigs - New wind toys for the 21st century - Plans included
Mark Bischof - Mark makes kinetic sculptures that work solely on the basis of gravitation and must be set in motion by hand.
Paul Grundbacher - Wooden Marble Machines
Didier Legros • Rolling Ball Kinetic Sculptor - From France. Creates phenomenal rolling ball sculptures. Be sure to check out his videos - very well done!
Marco Pinter - Marco Pinter creates artwork and performances which fuse physical kinetic form with live visualizations.