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RE: Kinetic Sculpture

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craig roland (rol1851.EDU)
Tue, 19 Nov 1996 19:07:37 -0500

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It's interesting that I just had a conversation with an elem ed major in my
art methods class today about kinetic art. I defined it to her as "art
that somehow incorporates movement/motion." This motion might be initiated
by the viewer, by natural forces, or by the work itself (e.g., computerized
installations). Two artists came to mind immediately, Calder, of course,
and Stephan Wilson (from San Fran) who has created a variety of
computerized works that incoporate motion in some way. I also thought of
the sculpture in front of the Hirshorn (spl?) Museum in Washington. Its a
huge thing with three prongs that move gently back and forth. Maybe
someone else knows the artist who did this piece?

This student was looking for a project idea for a unit she's doing for my
class. I told her about a project I did many years ago with my middle
school students in which I asked them to create a sculpture/installation
that kept a marble in motion for at least 30 seconds. The sculptures were
created from cardboard pieces, cardboard tubing and tape. She's going to
work with this idea and follow it up with a drawing assignment in which
students imagine the sculpture as an amusement park ride and that they are
the marble (or are inside the marble). Their challenge will be to draw the
sculpture from the point of view of the marble. She will be trying this
project with a group of local students. I'll be interested in seeing what
kind of results she gets.

Hope this helps some,


CRAIG ROLAND. Associate Professor-Art Education.
Department of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville Florida.
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