Anthony Howe's Kinetic Sculptures
June 30, 2013 1:00 PM   Subscribe

Needs more aeolian harp!
posted by Dreidl at 1:35 PM on June 30, 2013 [1 favorite]

Thank you for posting something new and interesting on MetaFilter.
posted by Mack Twain at 1:37 PM on June 30, 2013

Oh wow, I love these. I'd totally put them in my yard.

Though all of my influence for landscaping comes directly from that one scene in Harriet the Spy.
posted by FirstMateKate at 1:46 PM on June 30, 2013

Very cool, thanks for this post.
posted by Daddy-O at 1:49 PM on June 30, 2013

posted by Specklet at 1:58 PM on June 30, 2013

Reminiscent of the work of Starr
Kempf and very lovely; thanks for the post.
posted by faineant at 2:02 PM on June 30, 2013

This guy builds a few glittery things, and they call him an artist.
Me, I dedicate my career to building kinetic sculptures which also generate useful power, and they call me [redacted].

(I keed, I keed. These are neat. I like his kitchen with the huge lathe by the window…)
posted by scruss at 2:53 PM on June 30, 2013

That Octo piece is amazing.
posted by orme at 3:30 PM on June 30, 2013

Lovely! Wish I had money and space for one! When I was little, kinetic sculpture was quite popular and it always delighted me to happen upon art that moved, especially in neither simple nor totally random ways; I would stare at it trying to find the patterns underlying the complex motion.

I hope kinetic sculpture makes a comeback, especially the more intricate types. It can be very hypnotic and soothing, and I think it would be great in places like airports where people can be simultaneously rushed and frazzled, yet have to sit around and kill time. (Once I flew out of an airport which had a marvelously complicated clock-sculpture thingy - I kept hoping the flight would be delayed so I could watch the sculpture some more!)

Thanks for another neat post, homunculus.
posted by Quietgal at 4:00 PM on June 30, 2013

Whats the name of that piece of music?
posted by goethean at 4:46 PM on June 30, 2013

I discovered these randomly a few years ago when visiting Orcas Island and driving around with a friend. We found Howe's house and workshop, and the grounds full of various sculptures. We did not see the artist himself, but we saw his dog hanging out in the studio. I took some videos with my point and shoot camera, which I put up on YouTube, please accept my apologies for the fact that they are all sideways.
posted by matildaben at 4:46 PM on June 30, 2013

Thank you, homunculus - these are mesmerizing ... I love them all but am totally smitten by About Face.
posted by madamjujujive at 5:51 PM on June 30, 2013

That Bob Potts link falls right into the uncanny valley of mechanisms for me. Either they're subtly asymmetric or it looks like it's going to be bio-mimetic and almost gets there and then veers totally off track. It almost seems like they were made to drive engineers like me crazy.
Maybe they were.
posted by TheJoven at 10:29 PM on June 30, 2013

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