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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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Available for Special Order Only • Sold out • Fiesta © 2009 •  Click Here to Order

Fiesta Kinetic Sculpture Directions


About Fiesta


Fiesta Kinetic Sculpture by David C. RoyFiesta started out as a completely different sculpture. My original idea was to experiment with a strong optical patterning piece that used the mechanism I developed for Journey. I knew I wanted two patterning wheels moving in opposite directions and one had to be a double wheel in order to make the mechanism work. I drew up the wheels and played with different shapes and wheel color combinations. I grew very excited with simple partial spiral curves and the dark-light-dark color combination. It made a dotted spiral pattern that I hadn't seen before.

I built the first prototype. It worked well and I lived with it in the studio for a few months. Eventually I came to the conclusion that although the mechanism worked well enough it didn't really show the patterning well. It was too random.

Back to the drawing board! This time I drew up a sculpture using a "Radiance" type mechanism using the new patterning wheels. I knew that this mechanism created a constantly shifting but more regular patterning and had a long run time.

I built another prototype and it worked out as I had hoped. I've been living with it for several months and still smile when I come into the room where the sculpture is moving.

Comments via YouTube:

Fiesta kinetic wall sculpture by David Roy in a room setting• "wonderful :) and trippy :P" - 2-12-09 rbarbhuiyan

Comments via Website:

• "This piece is absolutely fascinating - harmonious, elegantly artistic and a wonderful feat of engineering. First saw this in a shop while visiting in New Orleans & fell in love with it. Saving up my bucks to eventually get it!" 6.5.12 D.D.

• "So trippy, I love it!" 11.10.11 asdf - Germany

• "Very majestic and beautiful. It would enlighten any room that it was placed in. I know what I am going to save up for..." - 8.6.11 - K.H.

• " Nice and like as scientific as Leonardo's drawings" - 1.1.11 - Sowmen

• " It's really afair price for a piece of art like that! I wish I had money to buy it. It is so beautiful, I just can't stare away from the screen...Mezmerizing art of motion! Thanks for creating that!" - 2.6.10 - J.P. Quebec, Canada

• "Installed Fiesta #1 on wall of log home. Looks great! Very mesmerizing. Love David's work! Ordered Shimmer, too." -11.30.09 -CB - Maryland

• "I love this one, its reminds me of Radiance. the first piece I bought, so I guess I'm biased." -2.25.09 -BD

• "This is Vasarely in motion!"
-5.1.09 -anon.

Comments via Blog Post:

• "This is amazing.... Great work. And thx for the in depth explanation :" -4-9-09 - Wyseur

Reader Comments (3)

How about selling a plan to other woodworkers, you can make 10 times your asking price
its beautiful

June 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterhugh white

Plans aren't in my plans at this time. Maybe when I retire. There are just too many variables in refining the sculptures to a point where they keep moving. That doesn't work in plans. No fun making a kinetic sculpture that doesn't work. See my FAQ about plans here.

June 11, 2013 | Registered CommenterDavid Roy

Glad I am on your list to receive your great sculptures and further to be able to click on them to see them in action. Enjoy them very much. Can only guess the many hours work in getting to the final completion and operational sculpture.
Thanks again.

October 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteral tara

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