Continue Time Kinetic Clock by Sander Mulder

Dutch designer Sander Mulder has created the “Continue Time” clock. “On the Continue Time clock, two out of the three pointers rotate around another pointer, instead of the central point on the clock face, as with traditional clocks. The resulting kinetic artwork is continuously changing its shape during a full rotation of twelve hours. While creating mesmerizing patterns on your wall. The pointers are still read as with any traditional clock.” Just check a video and you will be amazed! Also if you would like to see more interesting wall clocks – check Elegant and Stylish Dynamic Wall Clocks.

New Kinetic Sand Drawing Tables by Bruce Shapiro

Twenty-five years ago Bruce Shapiro  abandoned his medical practice to embark on a journey that would marry technology with the meditative practice of sand art. He ingeniously used CNC machines, which at the time were primarily used in industrial settings, to develop his kinetic art project known as Sisyphus . While Shapiro has created sculptures for Sisyphus over the past 20 years, showing his work across the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia, he more recently became intrigued with the thought of bringing the mesmerizing creations into the home. Along with Nordeast Makers, a Minneapolis based makers space he helped found, Shapiro has developed the Sisyphus Kinetic Art Table . The recently launched Kickstarter campaign, which has already doubled the team’s original goal in a few short days, offers tables in three sizes with finishes in birch/maple, walnut, padauk and black veneer. All aspects of the table, except the electronics, have been crafted in the United States. “Over time I have come to view Sisyphus as more than a kinetic art piece: it is an instrument, ” Shapiro explains. “As a musical instrument plays songs, Sisyphus plays paths. My goal with this Kickstarter is to get Sisyphus into people’s homes for them to enjoy as both furniture and art, but also, to inspire a community of composers to write ‘music’ for it.” Bringing the contemplation of a Zen garden indoors, Sisyphus has no on/off switch. It simply plugs in and automatically calibrates itself, loads a default playlist of paths, and begins playing. You can control playback, speed of play, and table-lighting from a mobile app or by using any browser to connect to Sisyphus with WiFi. Development is underway to allow other “composers” to create pathways for their tables. The only worry is that Sisyphus is so hypnotic, you may forget to speak with your guests while watching it at work!

Kinetic Steampunk-Inspired Sculptures

Artist Chris Cole has spent his life exploring the relationship between two disparate worlds: machines and nature. To marry his two obsessions, Cole sculpts creatures with salvaged metal parts. Fish, birds, and reptiles have their defining features cut and formed in an industrial style that recalls the Steampunk movement’s fantastical mechanization. Each of Cole’s sculptures feature moving parts. Birds gracefully flap their wings while fish swish their fins as if they’re navigating through treacherous water. These exquisite, fluid movements highlight the artist’s interest with functionality and aesthetics. “Understanding physics, and the way things work,” Cole explains, “has always been a fascination of mine.” To create his contemporary works, Cole looks back to the 19th century. “My sculptures are heavily influenced by the visionaries of the Industrial Revolution,” he writes. “The quest for flight, the ceaseless desire for faster, more versatile and efficient transportation relied undeniably on the workings of the natural world.” Although he has a reverence for these advances, Cole fears we’ve become too disconnected with Mother Nature. “My work, therefore, considers a regression from mechanism back to organism.” It also serves as a reminder of what we miss while we sit inside with our devices – instead of looking at a bird on the screen, we could walk outside and see the fluttering of one in real life.

A Kinetic Sculpture Mimics a Walking Person

With spindly legs that look like an upturned spider, this experimental kinetic artwork by Random International relies on the viewer to watch from just the right perspective to reveal a hidden secret. Each of the 15 ‘arms’ is tipped with white LEDs that collectively move to mimic the motions of a walking human figure. Titled Study for Fifteen Points, the piece was created to examine the “minimal amount of information that is actually necessary for the animated form to be recognized as human.”

Kinetic Explosion Cabinet by Sebastian Errazuriz

The Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) has acquired Explosion, a new kinetic cabinet by Sebastian Errazuriz. Explosion will be one of the centerpieces of the exhibition Sebastian Errazuriz: Look Again, which opens September 6th. “Inactivated, Explosion sits as a tidy, beautiful credenza. Transparent glass sidewalls provide a glimpse inside this intriguing but staid box. Further exploration of the central vertical seam reveals an entirely different object: With a gentle push, the rails slide further and further open until it seems that the cabinet has exploded beyond the bounds of stability. It is “a beautiful, surprising, and confounding work that represents the playful conceit of the master cabinetmaker showing off,” added Delphia. Even as Explosion’s exterior expands outward, it retains beautiful geometric proportions, using mechanics so complex that they took more than a year to perfect, despite borrowing one of cabinetmaking’s oldest tricks, the sliding dovetail. This new work will join a selection of important objects representing the breadth of Errazuriz’s practice in Sebastian Errazuriz: Look Again, his first solo museum exhibition.”

Beautiful Kinetic Rings by Michael Berger

In our previous post you could find a lot of various rings: absolutely unique rings and even collection of creative and stylish rings. And none of them show kinetic rings. Truly moving jewelry usually looks ugly. But these modern rings created by Michael Berger are a pleasant exception. These rings are created from stainless steel, but some of them are from gold and decorated with fine gems, diamonds and pearls. Each item is a ring but also it’s a little sculpture. Don’t skip video at the end of the post with interview with Michael Berger and you’ll understand how they work and how they were created.