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This is a listing of all the kinetic sculptures I have created since 1975. It is an archive of historical and current work. Most of these are no longer available for purchase because they were created in limited editions. Go to the Current Works page to see sculptures still available for purchase.

You will find photographs, possibly videos, and much more information on many of the sculptures by clicking on the "Click to read more..." link. I have limited information on many of the sculptures from the early years. They were created before video cameras!

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Sky Dance

Limited Edition of 150  •  Size: 37"h x 55"w x 8"d  •  Run Time: 2 Hours 
Sky Dance © 2006 • Sold Out  •  Sky Dance Kinetic Sculpture Directions

 

About Sky Dance

 

The idea for Sky Dance came to me when I had both the Focus and Quest sculptures on the testing wall at the same time. Could I make a random "floating" sculpture with a simple central mechanism like the one I had developed for Focus? What would the motion be like?

A year and several prototypes later the result is Sky Dance. I'm very pleased with this sculpture. It has random, straight line and floating motion as well as some interesting overlapping optical patterns.

The biggest challenge with Sky Dance is showing all it does with an animation or video! Each patterning cycle, the time between "kicks" from the spring, is about three minutes long. Each cycle is different because it depends on the relative location and motion of the fan-shaped wheels when the "kick" happens.

The animation shows elements of one of my favorite pattern cycles, the fan shaped wheels move in opposite directions giving the "bird" piece a straight line motion. Eventually the back wheels slows down and starts rocking. The animation loops after about 30 seconds so it only shows a glimpse of what really happens.

I'm able to show a little more of the motion on the web video page because I cut out portions of the video and condensed a cycle into about a minute of video.

 

Comments via YouTube:

 • "Very nice. This is art." - 5.08  - Jaeyare

 • "Beautyful, and the music fits it well." - 3.08 - conoba

 • "This one is nice and simple, I like how the front shape rocks gently." -2.08 - woodessence 

 • "Very ingenious but simple. Gave me inspiration for a different take of how to reinvent the clock." - 2.08 - dasspe 

 • "This is beautiful! Your work is incredible. It truly is art." - 2.08 - popvpx 

 

Comments via Website:

 • "Your work has a DaVinci flavor as it remarkably melds art and engineering." - 08.09.09 - Alvin

Your work has a DaVinci flavor as it remarkably melds art and engineering.


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