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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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Monday
Apr152013

Monarch II

Limited Edition of 75  •  Size: 34"h x 34"w x 7"d  •  Approx. Run Time: 6 hours 

Sold Out • Monarch II Kinetic Sculpture Directions

 

About Monarch II:

 

Why Monarch II so soon after Monarch I? It certainly wasn't planned. 

A few months ago I had a brainstorm in the shower (I do all my best designing in the shower!) I realized that concepts from a mechanism design I had been working on for my new sculpture Swoop would also apply to Monarch. If it worked, it would be a much more elegant solution to creating basically the same motion. I did a few experiments to test the concept and it looked promising so I started to modify Monarch drawings to see how it would change things.

Initially I thought I could implement the change and keep the edition the same. As I worked on it, I realized that the new mechanism would allow me to simplify the visual clutter in the center of the sculpture, another plus. It also made the change very obvious and I didn't think I could just continue the edition under the same name.

 I decided to end Monarch I at 36 and start Monarch II as a new edition of 75. The motion and feel of the two versions are exactly the same, the change is in the details. 

Monarch makes a pleasant random clicking sound. It it usually a soft sound but occasionally gets louder when the two wheels reverse at exactly the same time and the mechanism is triggered with extra force.

 

Yes, I am always thinking, designing, tweaking. 

 

 

Reader Comments (3)

Wow these are amazing! I'm a sculpture major at the University of South Dakota and our upcoming assignment deals with interactive sculpture. These are some awesome concepts and gives me a lot of great starting points to work from.

October 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew Rivera

Check out David’s links pages as well. He has assembled many interesting resources for people interested in creating their own kinetic sculptures. Have fun creating. Marji

January 28, 2014 | Registered CommenterDavid Roy

Dear David,

There are so many of your works which are now "sold out" or past the selling date. I would love to buy "Monarch II" or anyone of 5 or 10 of your past work. I realize that is what makes them collector's items, but is there any way to order one of them at a premium price? I would gladly pay extra for the exception. Thank you, Brian Miner. E: brimi1024@aol.com; or by Cell: 508-596-5067. Thank you Davie.

October 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Miner

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