Share

 

Search Portfolio by Sculpture Name
RSS Feed Link
About This Portfolio

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!

List of All Sculptures
« Nautilus | Main | Variation II Sun »
Wednesday
Mar052014

Solo

 

Limited Edition of 95  •  Size: 44"h x 51"w x 9"d  •  Approx. Run Time: 11+ Hours 
Price: $1695.00  •  Click here to orderSolo Directions 

 

About Solo:

 

One of joys of being an "old" kinetic sculptor is that I can revisit themes using new ideas and technologies. One of my favorite themes is "flight" or the movement of a horizontal form in space. Of the various patterns I've explored I think my favorite has been straight line motion. Until recently it was also the the most "costly" to produce in terms of complexity and energy. That began to change last year when I developed the mechanism that runs Swoop which in turn was an outgrowth of the work I did on Frolic and Monarch. This has pretty much been the story of my career. The requirements of a motion theme inspire a new mechanism and then the new mechanism inspires me to revisit old themes looking for new possibilities. 

 

Solo features constantly shifting straight line "floating" motion. The pattern eventually loses energy and slows down and gets another push from the spring. This intermittent application of power turns out to be quite efficient leading to run times of 11 to 16 hours depending on the pace of the motion. 

 

Solo quickly earned a top spot in my list of favorite pieces. She's relatively quiet with soft clicking sounds and constantly shifting patterns. 

 

Solo runs for an extended period of time (11+ hours) per winding. To wind the lower 3 spoke wheel is turned clockwise 22 turn for a full wind. The sculpture can be wound while it is in motion or at rest. The motion of the entire sculpture can be stopped mid winding and then started again with a simple push.




 

Additional Photos:

 

 

 

Reader Comments (10)

David,
Great piece - a perfect compliment to the Tango piece i own.
Regards,
Jim

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJim Clark

I think this is my favorite of all your pieces. I love it when the wing form on our beloved Quest moves in a straight line, too. Solo is just gorgeous.

Jenny

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJenny

I love this piece...so mesmerizing to watch the "bird in flight" as from above. I really enjoy your creative graceful works of art. So awesome! Wishing I could buy one.

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Arnold

I am in love with this piece. Perfection! Bought Quandary for myself for my 60th bd. 65th is 1 1/2 years. Looking for the perfect place.

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPam Breaux

Just another beautiful piece David. Can you tell/show me in what position are the two "wheels" when Solo is at rest?

March 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCurt

Curt, Part of the stopping position is set and part is random. The back light colored wheel will always stop in the position shown in the still photo above. ( That photo was taken with the sculpture at rest.) However, the front light colored upper wheel and the bird piece can stop just about anywhere . Although each piece will develop a preference. So it varies! Hope this helps.

March 18, 2014 | Registered CommenterDavid Roy

Just beautiful !! Do you make any small ones that people like me could afford?

May 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

Linda, I have tried smaller ones but they don't have enough mass to create graceful motion. They are jerky, but also not less work. So no I don't make smaller ones.

June 2, 2014 | Registered CommenterDavid Roy

Absolutely stunning. I have a spot on my wall between two upper windows that have window sills and am worried about the moving pieces. Can you tell me how much clearance there is between the moving pieces and the wall?

Thank you!

Response
Ed, the measurements given on all pieces indicate the amount of space needed for the motion. Thie one, Solo indicates 51" w - that is it requires 51" of space to move. YOu would need 51" of width.
Marji

September 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEd

Hi ,
I allready have one of your sculptures and am now considering getting SOLO.My problem is that I live in Dublin,Ireland and wonder do you ship overseas and what might this cost?( is it prohibitive?).
As my son lives in NY another possible option is that he would bring it on the plane- provided it was not too big! could you let me know the dimensions of the schulpture boxed?
Many Thanks Adrian Hegarty.

February 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAdrian Hegarty

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>