Designed and engineered by kinetic sculptor specialist Derek Hugger, the Colibri is
intended to mimic the motion of a hummingbird taking flight. The
sculpture contains more than 400 moving parts like gears, screws,
and ornate elements.
“American artist John Grade‘s ‘Capacitor’ is a kinetic sculptural installation that moves in response to weather data collected from the roof of its home at john michael kohler arts center, wisconsin. the artwork — whose coil configuration is influenced by organic and geometric forms found in nature — physically behaves according to accumulated statistics from a mechanized controller, amassing both current outdoor conditions and weather patterns from the past one hundred years. sending the information about change in wind intensity and temperature directly to the sculpture, the interactive art piece moves and changes in luminosity. ‘the whole of the sculpture will appear to be very slowly breathing’, describes john grade. one hundred separate structural components, which make up ‘capacitor’, change in light level, illuminating and dimming when there is a fluctuation in temperature. shifts in the wind are marked by motion as the massive spiral compresses and releases.”
Theo Jansen is a Dutch artist and kinetic sculptor. He builds large works which resemble skeletons of animals that are able to walk using the wind on the beaches of the Netherlands. His Strandbeests are wondrous wind-powered automatons that exhibit an incredibly lifelike dexterity as they cascade in flowing waves down seaside sands. The elegantly articulated creatures are constructed using genetic algorithms and are constantly evolving to better suit their environment.
Jansen says: “The walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds.”
Saw this in my Contemporary Architecture class last semester. Jansen’s Strandbeests are both wickedly awesome but also a tad frightening in my opinion (wouldn’t you be slightly freaked out if you saw this machine coming at you at the beach?).