Kinetic Sculpture

I Wish I Had Thought Of This.

I really do wish I had thought of this. The video below is of some crazy fun art pieces by  Juan Fontative. The pieces are constructed from discarded clocks, and push bike parts. Highlighting humming birds in flight and butterflies.

Each piece is a  perpetually looping flip book with flying birds lifted from audubon guides and illustrations of butterflies found in various other sources. The works are part film, part sculpture, and part audio.  Every aspect of the flip books are assembled by hand by Fontative, from the watch sized gears, to the clips, bolts, wormwheels and sprockets

The works are mesmerizing, and hypnotic. Perfect viewing for an afternoon in the Spring.

The Creators Project – Anthony Howe.

A little less than a week ago, the Creators Project released a new video on kinetic sculpture Anthony Howe and his otherworldly art. His pieces are engineered, designed, refined, built and tweaked to create a hypnotic visual experience.

In the video below the Eastsound, WA-based painter and sculpture Howe walks through his creative process, from protoyping on the computer to finishing the sculpture by hand. The process is as fascinating as the finished pieces themselves.

Light and Motion. A Kinetic Mind.

Keeping with the summer theme and the build up to the Solstice on the 21st, here is a short film on the work of kinetic sculpture Anthony Howe by Elizabeth Rudge. Nice photography and editing make this short film. No narration or dialog is needed since the focus is on the work, and the intricate process of creating it.

A Kinetic Mind from Elizabeth Rudge on Vimeo.

21 Swings, an Art Installation.

This is public art worth talking about.

21 Swings is an art installation located in the high-traffic area in Montréal’s Quartier des spectacles. It features 21 musical swings that interact with the movement created by the person swinging on it. Each swing in motion triggers different notes, and all the swings together compose a unique piece of music. Some sounds and notes only emerge though when participants cooperate and sychronize movements. The piece was created by Mouna Andraos & Melissa Mongiat, with support from Quartier des spectacles de Montréal. I wish I had been in Montréal earlier this year to see and participate with 21 Swings.

Metroplois II, Sculpture and Documentary.

I want to talk about two things here. First the sculpture itself, second the beautifully shot and edited documentary short that was made to showcase the sculpture.

Artist Chris Burden spent four years creating “Metropolis II”, a kinetic sculpture  that features 1,100 die-cast cars which move around his imagined city’s 18 highways. Overhead and mixed throughout numerous electric trains and trolley’s snake to and from office buildings that define the city scape. In a single hour time frame, the cars make 100,000 journeys around the track. Burden’s Metropolis II is much larger than his previous Metropolis sculpture that had only 80 cars. The sculpture requires two full-time attendants while in operation. One manages the sculpture from the inside, while the other walks around checking to make sure their aren’t any jams in the track.

I think this is a wonderful statement about our society, and our love hate relationship with automobiles. When you watch the film, you get insight into Burton’s thinking about the piece and his inspiration. Metropolis II will be on permanent display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art later in 2011 so if you art out that way, stop by and check it out.

Now lets talk about the film. The documentary itself is wonderful. There is a great narrative with the artist, masterful use of shallow depth of field techniques, audio design, and editing. The over all look is really well thought out and the final treatment of the film is superb. Kudos to Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman for their great direction and to Schulman, Joost & Van Neistat for their cinematic eye.

Directed by Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman
Edited by Max Joseph
Cinemtography by Schulman, Joost & Van Neistat
Music by Tortoise (Ten-Day interval) & Mahogany (Windmill International A)