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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
Apr092013

Swoop

Limited Edition of 95  •  Size: 29"h x 23"w x 5"d  •  Approx. Run Time: 10 Hours 

Price: $1595.00  •  Click here to Order  • 

Swoop Kinetic Sculpture Directions 

 

About Swoop:

One of my fondest childhood memories was seeing a small Kodak yellow box arrive in the mail. This meant a movie night. My parents would haul out the 8mm movie projector and screen and we'd revisit about 2 minutes of silent scenes a few weeks or months old. Following the new movie we'd all get to pick one of our favorites from the collection. To the collective groans of my parents and siblings I invariably saved my pick for the one commercial movie we owned, Howdy Doody - A Trip to Funland. This was a silent black and white movie about a magic trip to a carnival that I consider my first inspiration to a life spent making kinetic sculptures. 

What does this fond bit of memory have to do with this sculpture? If you view this YouTube clip (of course it was there when I looked) starting at 6:42 http://youtu.be/BWbGcAfZnWM?t=6m42s you will see a brief scene involving a swing that goes higher and higher and eventually makes it all the way around. (Every kids fantasy?)

The memory of this motion has stayed with me. Over the years I've tried several different ways of replicating it but with no success. With Swoop I think I've finally solved the problem.

  

 

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Reader Comments (7)

very nice; rather mesmerizing ... powered by a spring?

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergary wilson

Amazing, as are all your sculptures. I am privileged to own one.

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPam Breaux

Stunning and totally captivating.

April 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Lilly

I own two wall units, and one desk size and they entertain my grandchildren for hours, I also enjoy them when I need to relax and clear my mind. David is a great artist.

April 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTony D'Agostino

Gary, Yes, Swoop is powered by a constant force spring. It runs for about 10+ hours per winding. I have written more about constant force springs in my blog here: http://www.woodthatworks.com/blog/2008/6/19/constant-force-springs.html

April 14, 2013 | Registered CommenterDavid Roy

That is an awesome story David, Thanks for sharing history behind your work.

April 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Blevins

a very nice product, David
I have sent you mail to ask for additional information, please check it and reply me soon
Thank you so much!

September 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenter3D Wood

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