Archive for kinetic sculpture

Pumpkin Marble Track

Posted in Sculpture with tags , , on February 22, 2013 by Spark

Wow, I’ve been terrible at updating this blog lately!  That’s partly because I haven’t finished very many projects in a while, and partly because I keep forgetting to post the projects I have completed.  I’m gonna catch up with a few old projects and then give some updates on what I’m working on now.

Back in October, I got to carve giant pumpkins with power tools along with a handful of other artists from Artisan’s Asylum.  I decided to turn mine into a marble track.  Check it out!

Here’s a video of it in action:

Check out the rest of the pumpkins here.  They’re all fantastic!


An actual finished sculpture!

Posted in Sculpture, Things with tags , , , , on February 16, 2012 by Spark

After a year of off and on work, I finally completed my first kinetic metal sculpture.  It’s a flower that blooms when the temperature rises above ~70 degrees F.  Check out the photo series below of it opening up, along with my full description below.

Flos Metallica is a rare specimen of plant life from the year 3072. It was collected via a wormhole left unguarded by the benevolent robot overlords (all hail his mightiness Omnicron Prime!) The flower blooms only when the temperature exceeds 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Flos Metallica uses a cylinder from a greenhouse vent to actuate the petals of the flower. Wax inside the cylinder expands when it is heated, forcing the piston upwards. A spring is needed to retract the piston as the wax cools.