Limited Edition of 95 • Size: 44"h x 51"w x 9"d • Approx. Run Time: 11+ Hours
Edition Sold Out 4/12/2016 • Solo Directions
One of joys of being an "old" kinetic sculptor is that I can revisit themes using new ideas and technologies. One of my favorite themes is "flight" or the movement of a horizontal form in space. Of the various patterns I've explored I think my favorite has been straight line motion. Until recently it was also the the most "costly" to produce in terms of complexity and energy. That began to change last year when I developed the mechanism that runs Swoop which in turn was an outgrowth of the work I did on Frolic and Monarch. This has pretty much been the story of my career. The requirements of a motion theme inspire a new mechanism and then the new mechanism inspires me to revisit old themes looking for new possibilities.
Solo features constantly shifting straight line "floating" motion. The pattern eventually loses energy and slows down and gets another push from the spring. This intermittent application of power turns out to be quite efficient leading to run times of 11 to 16 hours depending on the pace of the motion.
Solo quickly earned a top spot in my list of favorite pieces. She's relatively quiet with soft clicking sounds and constantly shifting patterns.
Solo runs for an extended period of time (11+ hours) per winding. To wind the lower 3 spoke wheel is turned clockwise 22 turn for a full wind. The sculpture can be wound while it is in motion or at rest. The motion of the entire sculpture can be stopped mid winding and then started again with a simple push.