In the left, the original Jansen’s mechanism with it’s walking curve, and in the right, a simplified version.
A la izquierda, el mecanismo original de Jansen y su “curva de caminata”, y a la derecha una versión simplificada.
Blending the line between art and engineering, Theo Jansen (PopTech 2005), a Dutch visual artist creates “life” in the form of “animals” that walk the beach in the Netherlands.
Theo Jansen spends his days creating beautiful pieces that can live on the beach, where they are powered by the wind, forever.
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Blending the line between art and engineering, this Dutch visual artist creates “life” in the form of “animals” that walk the beach in the Netherlands.
First inspired by the mysterious and mathematical qualities of a caterpillar’s crawl, Reuben Margolin creates large-scale kinetic sculptures that use pulleys and motors to create the complex movements and structures we see in nature. Check out this beautiful video of one of his mechanical waves in action.
Reuben created a similar custom wave that was installed at the Camden Opera House last fall for PopTech 2009 where he shared some of his other extraordinary mechanical installations.
Reuben is currently building ‘Nebula,’ a multi-tiered, geometric structure made of more than 10 miles of aircraft cable, 1,780 pulleys and over 4,500 amber crystals. Measuring almost 100 feet long and 50 feet wide, it is the largest mechanism he has ever built. The artwork will be installed inside the Hilton Anatole hotel in Dallas, TX this fall.
The sine wave or sinusoid is a mathematical function that describes a smooth repetitive oscillation. It occurs often in pure mathematics, as well as physics, signal processing, electrical engineering and many other fields.
We see this concept come alive in the kinetic art of Reuben Margolin who was first inspired by the mysterious and mathematical qualities of a caterpillar’s crawl and now creates large-scale kinetic sculptures that use pulleys and motors to create the complex movements and structures we see above.