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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 Zen

• Limited Edition of 6  
• Size: 50"h x 52"w x 7"d
• Run Time: 15 Hours  
• Variation Zen © 2007
• Sold Out
Variation-Zen Directions 


About Variation Zen


I was stymied in my efforts to name this sculpture. Marji and I ran through a series of names but nothing stuck. My daughter Amy, home for a visit, studied it for a while and said "Zen." We all knew it was right!

The Variation series is the result of my continued exploration in the world of kinetic patterns created by six overlapping wheels that orbit a common center. Each orbiting form is designed to hold a particular orientation by rotating in the opposite direction from its orbital motion. I first "discovered" this kaleidoscopic effect in my sculpture called Rhapsody, took it a step further with Quark Cotillion and got serious about exploring this effect with the Variation series.


Comments via YouTube:

 • "Bravo! My compliments. Well balanced." - 2.11.09 - BanjoNaps

 • "Beautiful and mesmerizing" - 2.7.09 - ordaudee

DCR: Thank you! Glad you like it. 

 • "Inspirational. The swinging motion adds a touch of variation from the pattern."  - 2.08 - user107025 

 • "thats so cool and funkydelic man ur real good! its so simple but yet very gorgous!" - 2.08 - newzealand174

 • "Your work amazes me, the beauty and the mechanics of it I feel very much a kin to."  - 2.08 - woodessence

Comments via Website:

• "I particularly like the Variation Zen work. Unfortunately I didn't know about it until recently. Please consider doing something similar again!  -2.20.09- caudlec

DCR: The edition of Variation Zen is sold out including the prototype. Variation Dream is the closest thing to it in the current line. 

The oriental motif in Variation-Zen is one that continues to fascinate me but I have nothing in the planning stage that incorporates it. I've been exploring the 4 overlapping satellite wheels as in Quandaryrather than the 6 in the Variation series. I wonder if the oriental motif would work?  I'll let you know if I come up with something!

Reader Comments (2)

All are beautiful, but Zen is my absolute favorite. The complex movement and the bold asymmetry are what make the patterns more interesting on this design. I wish it was still available - guess I'll just have to keep watching the video!

November 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

Linda, Check out Variation II - Sun. David has again worked with asymmetrical satellite wheels to create the kaleidoscopic patterns. Thanks for visiting and commenting. Marji

January 28, 2014 | Registered CommenterDavid Roy

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