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This is a listing of all the kinetic sculptures I have created since 1975. It is an archive of historical and current work. Most of these are no longer available for purchase because they were created in limited editions. Go to the Current Works page to see sculptures still available for purchase.

You will find photographs, possibly videos, and much more information on many of the sculptures by clicking on the "Click to read more..." link. I have limited information on many of the sculptures from the early years. They were created before video cameras!

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Tuesday
Feb102015

Aztec

 

Limited Edition of 95  •  Size: 33" w x 45 " h x 7 "d  •  Approx. Run Time: 15 hours

Price: $1895.00  •  Aztec © 2015 •  Click Here to Order • Aztec Directions (coming soon)

 

About Aztec

 

I find creating kinetic sculptures to be an iterative process. I gather ideas for shapes, patterns and mechanisms like separate little puzzle pieces. Sometimes they fit together and sometimes they don't seem to be part of the same puzzle. That’s when things get interesting and I get to design new pieces that will fit. 

 

This wheel design is vintage 2007. It was one of my early wheels for Evolution. It didn’t fit that “puzzle" but I saved it because it was interesting and different from any patterning wheel I had designed. It wasn’t until last year when I was working on Solo that I realized that I might have the mechanism concept that would fit with those wheels.  

I started doing some animation tests on the computer and I liked what emerged but only if the wheels turned very slowly. It was also essential that they be made of light wood so the pattern could “blend”. Many patterns need dark wheels to emerge but this one was different. I found the combined pattern of the simple dark inner rims combined with the complex spiral spoked main wheels created a “sparkling" halo effect. 

This was something new. I’ve been living with this piece and watching it everyday. It continues to fascinate me. 

 

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Why Aztec?

When Marji first saw the motion of this sculpture she thought, "Aztec". She knew that it had the essence of the art work of earlier cultures. She wasn't sure why the strong Aztec feeling until she did a little research first using an image search on Aztec Sun. She saw images of the famous Aztec Sun Stone with its four quadrants but the strong connection became clear when she found this modern day interpretation of the Aztec Wind God. 

Everyone's interpretations are different. Do you see the connection?

 

 

Reader Comments (5)

Gorgeous and mesmerizing

February 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEricS

Always enjoy seeing your latest works. Such imagination. A pleasure to watch. Beethoven Moonlight Sonata is not bad either.
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February 17, 2015 | Unregistered Commenteral tara

Hands down my favorite of every sculpture you have ever made.

February 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJDR66

Yet another piece of magic, you never cease to amaze me with your imagination

February 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEnid

If I bought every one of your sculptures that I find mesmerizing to watch, we'd have to buy a bigger house! This one is beautiful. Yes, the match with the Aztec Wind God is quite clear to me.

March 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Reynolds

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