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How do you build a kinetic sculpture?? I have absolutely no idea and cant find any directions. I am in seventb grade. hank you.
- lara rosen (age 13)
middle school, billings ,MT usa
A kinetic sculpture is any piece of artwork which has moving
parts. Part of the fun of art is that it is a creative process -- the
artist has complete freedom to choose the materials and ways to put
them together to achieve some purpose. These purposes can be to tell a
story, make a comment on something, or most often in the case of
kinetic sculpture, just to entertain the viewer with something silly or
humorous. Kinetic sculptures are lots of fun to watch; they often put
one or two in airport waiting areas to keep people from getting too
bored while their flights are delayed. My suggestion to you is to find
some kinetic sculptures you like, look at what they're made out of, and
try to make something similar. Some have motors to keep them going, and
others are just free-hanging mobiles. Many have bouncing balls in them
or something that makes a noise (try putting a xylophone in there and
figure out how to make a machine that drops the mallets on the bars or
maybe balls). If you've ever played the game "Mousetrap", its crazy
plastic devices sort of count as pieces of a kinetic sculpture. Here
are some pictures of some on the web:
Wooden sculpture designs
Kinetic sculpture races!
Another artist's gallery
-- these may require some metalwork. I'd suggest wood or cardboard to
get started -- metal can be difficult and dangerous to work with.
(published on 10/22/2007)
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