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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 Wave

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 Wave Kinetic Sculpture Directions


About Variation II Wave:


I love designing Variation type patterning wheels, I find it both challenging and rewarding. Between 2003 and 2008 I designed nine different Variation sculptures. I brought the series to a close, not because I'd run out of ideas for patterns, but because it was time for new challenges. I promised myself that I wouldn't do another Variation type piece unless I had a new mechanism or some other compelling idea.  


It's about 5 years later and during that time I've designed and built a number of new sculptures and learned a great deal. On the mechanical side, I've developed new techniques for building more efficient sculptures. This has been a never-ending quest of mine since I made my first sculpture in 1976 and it ran for 20 minutes. I've also worked to simplify my designs so that the complexity is in the patterns created not the mechanism that creates it. 


Variation II Wave is the result of applying what I've learned mechanically to the Variation concept. The mechanism is a single spring drive that delivers about 15 hours of run time. Part of the efficiency is due to a better use of bearings and part to how the mechanism itself is balanced. 

I started working on ideas for new Variation type patterns over a year ago. I shared some animations in July of 2012. I didn't expect it to take quite this long but many prototypes later, Design A became Variation II Wave. The first prototype was very much like the animated version but it didn't excite me. There was a disconnect between the animation and reality. This happens. I'm quite persistent when a design idea fails, changing it but rarely giving it up. Many drawings, animations and prototypes later the Wave design evolved. I've learned through the years that the sculptures I am most challenged by are among my favorites. Wave is no exception. 



Detail photos of Variation II Wave:





Reader Comments (7)

We have had "FUSION" in our livingroom for 14 years and friends still love to see it run. This new creation would make a great addition to our home.

October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCharles Noblit

Elegant efforts. May your creations meet with monetary approval. CVG

October 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterClayton Griffith

Fantastic as ever, still can't afford it but huge admiration for such beautiful work. Frolic is still my favourite!

October 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEnid Davies

Was in a shop in New Orleans last weekend, talking to the owner who had two of your sculptures on display. When I told him I have Quandary, we had quite a nice discussion about your work and how nice you and your wife are to deal with. I just wish I had room for this new piece.

October 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPam Breaux

Thanks everyone for the comments. I am glad you are enjoying my work, some of you in your home and others just watching it on the internet. I am so glad that video is so doable these days. It was much harder to share in the early still brochures and then later with video. David

January 28, 2014 | Registered CommenterDavid Roy

What a triumph "Solo" is; deceptively simple, it juxtaposes the melancholy that solitude can bring with the quiet exuberance of winged flight. I have been watching your work since the mid 90's David and your sculptures are truly some of the most beautiful and compelling things I have ever had the good fortune to behold. What a joy it must be to possess such talent. Kudos. Wishing you great abundance and happiness.

March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarc de Gat

we have the Phoenix in our living room, everyone absolutely loves it. first saw one in my doctors office had to have one. can't wait to get another one oh and also makes a great mobile for the kids.

April 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKinberg

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