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While it’s tempting to begin this blog with Jean Tinguely, one of my all-time favorite artists in the whole world is Arthur Ganson. Mechanics, kinetics, shape, shadow and illusion are all midwifed into nearly-hallucinogenic articulated imps that must be seen (in motion) to be fully appreciated. Love the use of simple gearing (hooray for worm gears!), and his general affection for creating his own gears out of wire.
Simple, and beautiful. Look: NOVA's compilation video. Also: mechanized sculpture videos + images.
After the jump, a couple of my favorite Ganson videos.
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Wishbone (a Ganson classic):
Margot's Other Cat:
Child Watching Ball: