ABOUT THIS PROJECT
Tell us briefly about your project. Is it a work of art or does it serve another
It is a copper & brass kinetic sculpture made to be outdoors all year in any environment.
When did you start working on this project and how long did it take you to complete?
I had the idea for the basic design in the Spring 2011, but it wasn't until Sept. when I saw a peacock strutting his stuff in New Mexico that the piece found a theme. I started working on it in Sept and it took over three months to complete.
What was your goal in building this project?
My sculptures often emulate something from the natural world, from a strand of DNA to a Galaxy, a flock of birds and schools of fish have all been my inspiration. The two goals in building this piece were to experiment with a new angle, instead of being vertical or horizontal I wanted to see how a sculpture at 45 degrees would work, and second was to make the piece as dazzling as a prancing peacock in full display.
Does your project help to solve a problem? If so what problem?
One problem I faced with this piece was balance, to keep the center of gravity over the central bearing so it could turn to face the wind. Most sculptures will use the wind from any direction.
What makes your idea unique?
I believe my axle/bearing configuration is unique, allowing sections to turn in opposite directions using the same wind power. The design is my own and haven't seen anything similar used in other kinetic sculptures. All my sculptures are original ideas, though over the years I have seen work by other artists that are similar to some of my more simple designs on the outside, but use a different axle/bearing setup. The mounting angle along with the pivot system make the Peacock design unique.
In what capacity are you using bearings and what type of bearings?
Multiple sets of ball bearings are used along the upper axle of the sculpture, a larger axle and tapered roller bearing are mounted in the stand section to allow the whole piece to rotate in the wind.
What is the most important thing you want people to know about your project?
What they won't be able to tell by looking at it is that the center piece uses glass and bronze parts from antique lamps that I salvaged for this sculpture, but in general I enjoy it when people experience their own feelings about a piece. Some people see birds when others see fish, I would want people to know that what ever they see or feel while viewing my work is correct.
How will you use the $5,000 prize?
The first thing that comes to mind would be to hire an assistant. Currently I can only afford to hire a helper for a few months in the spring. Being able to hire an assistant for a longer period would allow me more free time to be creative and work on new design ideas.