Motion and Mechanics

Posted by on June 21, 2012

A few years ago I designed a Rube Goldberg machine as part of a stage play. It was huge with lots of spinning bicycle wheels. One of my inspirations for the spinning components was the work of kinetic sculptor David C. Roy.

I stopped by his site this week and what do you know, he has made some great pieces in the last five years. In fact, his work just gets better and better.

This piece is called Cognition.


While lovely to see when they are still, the sculptures come alive when they are moving. They are powered by a tightly would spring, like an old mantle clock. When fully wound many can run for hours.

He makes some that are freestanding, but most are wall art. This is Quandary.



This one might be my favorite.



Or this one…



Totally mesmerizing…

all photos and video from David C. Roy’s website www.woodthatworks.com

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