Swirling wood sculptures have me mesmerized
I appreciate fine arts. When I was in graduate school in Washington, DC, I lived on Capitol Hill and spent a lot of time in the musuems on the National Mall. I would spend hours and hours in the National Gallery.
But when it comes to woodworking, I like functional furniture. There’s something about taking a functional object and making it beautiful that appeals to me. I must admit however, that the two sculptures in these videos have opened my perspective a bit. Perhaps generating enjoyment is the purpose (function) of these pieces. And that is a perfectly good purpose. Take a look, and let me know what you think.
First up is a kinetic sculptures by clock maker Clayton Boyer. It’s called Galileo’s Bicycle (I haven’t the foggiest why), and it just rocks. It’s graceful movement has me wanting to make one. Boyer sells plans. So, perhaps I should add it to my list of projects, as if it weren’t long enough already. If you want to see the difference music choice can make, watch this video of the same sculpture.
Next up is a kinetic sculpture by David Roy. I like the sculpture, but I also like the guy who winds it up and explains the clicking noise. His bald head (not as bald as mine), the turtleneck shirt, the way he comes into the frame and then out of it – all of that is so cool for some reason.
Enjoy the videos. And let me know what you think. It’s always nice to have discussion about design, aesthetics, the nature of woodworking, and the like. And, of course, that would let me put some of philosophic training to use.
Here’s a late addition, thanks to Panch, who links to this video in his comment below. It shows the work of kinetic sculptor Theo Jansen. His work is mind-blowing (no pun intended – watch the video to see why it might be one). Unfortunately, I can’t embed the video. Sorry.