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Scott Weaver’s Rolling through the Bay, an homage to the city of San Francisco, is made of over 100,000 toothpicks and Elmer’s glue, and was built over 35 years time. This structure was temporarily featured and filmed in The Tinkering Studio at the Exploratorium a few years ago. If you’re in or visiting San Francisco, put The Exploratorium at Pier 15 on your must-do list. It’s amazing.
You can see photos of Weaver’s structure at Where Cool Things Happen. And there are more cool structures in the archives, including K’nex Clockwork, some excellent wood marble machines, and DIY paper rollercoasters.
Artist Juan Fontanive's kinetic sculptures also happen to be beautifully illustrated, mechanical flip books.
Above, Colibri, graphite and colored pencil on paper, stainless steel, delrin, motor, electronics. 2011. Below, Violetear, acrylic and graphite on paper, stainless steel, delrin, aluminum, motor and electronics. 2011.
Set to Gustav Mahler's symphony number 5, watch this recently released compilation video of Dutch artist Theo Jansen's wind-fueled kinetic sculptures. He calls them Strandbeests, “beach beast” or “creature” in Dutch.
Imagine building a mechanical character from a computer program that could calculate the size and positioning of gears in order to make that character’s motions come alive. The team at Disney Research have designed and programmed this interface for non-experts, and have 3D printed the resulting objects: Computational Design of Mechanical Characters.
The video presentation could definitely use a bit of background music or narration, but it’s still fascinating to watch and great for discussion. The content is also groundbreaking for automata, self-operating, moving mechanical devices that look like robots or living things.
via The Automata Blog.