A parallel Worlds

Sunday July 4 2010 / Art & Design

At MB&F we have an affinity for kinetic sculpture - just look at any of our Horological Machines - and we like our dynamic art in all sizes: from wrist wearable to museum installations.

An excellent example of teh latter was exhibited at the Swiss Center of Technorama near Zurich. Artist Reuben Margolin worked with museum staff to suspend 450 aluminum rods by 256 wires and connect 3,000 pulleys and sliding bars.

The resulting specimen  is one of the most complex kinetic sculptures in the world and uses pure mechanics—not computer-controlled servomotors—to create almost limitless figurative shapes.

A net of 450 aluminium bars is transformed into a dynamic wave landscape powered by a marvellous mechanical mechanism that turns 4 circular movements into 4 sine waves of different wavelenghts, amplitudes and frequencies.

Reuben Margolin creates totally singular techno-kinetic wave sculptures using everything from wood to cardboard to found and salvaged objects. Reubens sculptures range from the small to the large, from motorized to hand-cranked and he focuses on natural elements from a single water droplet to a powerful ocean wirlpool.

For more information, please visit www.reubenmargolin.com

Suggested by
Maximilian Büsser