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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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Variation II Sun

Limited Edition of 24  •  Size: 46"h x 44"w x 8"d  •  Approx. Run Time: 15 hours 

Price: $3000.00  •  Click here to Order • Variation II Sun Kinetic Sculpture Directions


About Variation II Sun:


Variation Sun has gone through lots of iterations. It proved a more challenging design than I had originally imagined. I wanted an asymmetric design where the points of the arc of one wheel followed the back of the arc of the adjacent wheel. I also wanted the clockwise pattern to be different than the counterclockwise pattern. It was easy to do on the computer but hard to find real world shapes that would balance. The double arc design solved the problem and I think enhanced the design. 


I like the problem designs because they usually lead to something better. At least this is what I tell myself as I’m banging my head against the wall!


Below you can see four of the many changing patterns created by the six individually balanced satellite wheels.



 Variation II Sun is the second design in the Variation II series.  More information about how this series evolved is shared on the Variation II Wave page here









Reader Comments (8)

Awesome! I'm looking forward to adding another sculpture to our collection.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDave B

Mesmerizing. The fluid motion is so serene.

January 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLynn Mack

Lynn, I spend a long time working on balance so that the motion will be flowing. Two things I have worked extensively over the years is to minimize sound and jerky motion. Compare it to my early work to see the difference. Here is a video of early designs from 1976. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

January 28, 2014 | Registered CommenterDavid Roy

Dave B - One kinetic sculpture is fun, multiples is a party! Email us for availability information!

January 28, 2014 | Registered CommenterDavid Roy

Hi Dave, I love working with wood and I have also built several wooden clock. I am fascinated by your beautiful kinetic sculptures. Is it possible to somehow get a plan for the construction of Variation II Sun? Please send me a message if this is possible and what I have to do. Good day from Czech Republic.

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMill

Sorry but I don't make plans and assembly directions for the sculptures. I have written about that in the FAQ area of my website. Here is a link to the post:

February 24, 2014 | Registered CommenterDavid Roy

how does it mount to the wall? It seems to be 2 or three different pieces

March 1, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermartin burlingame

Martin, It mounts to the wall using brass screws.Variation II Sun is two separate pieces. The sculpture comes with a mounting template to assist the owner in mounting it at the correct angle and the correct distance apart. There are complete instructions included. For more info on the mounting process check the "Wall Insulation Instructions" under the "More Info" tab on the navigation bar.

March 5, 2014 | Registered CommenterDavid Roy

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