Saturday, January 01, 2011

Machines that Almost Fall Over - kinetic sculpture

Check out this wonderful trio of machines by Michael Kontopoulos. Attached to each piece is a hammer tripped by a motorized snail cam. As the title of the piece suggests, when the swinging hammer hits the base of the machine, it is rocked and almost falls over. The anticipation of the hammer strike, loud bang, the teetering of the entire piece, and its safe landing make for a tense and playful cycle that is very captivating.

[ Thanks Casey!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had Michael as my prof at CSULB for a kinetics class last semester. Awesome class and professor.

-Ryan Keiser

January 16, 2011 at 12:13 AM  

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