High Voltage 2012

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Nemo Gould
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Tell us briefly about your project. Is it a work of art or does it serve another function?

"High Voltage" is a kinetic sculpture made from found materials by artist Nemo Gould ( The effect seen in the head is a high voltage arc produced by a neon sign transformer. All visible surfaces of the sculpture are aluminum objects salvaged from second hand stores and scrap yards and then meticulously machined and welded together.

When did you start working on this project and how long did it take you to complete?

I began working on this project in ernest in February of 2012 and finished in May. These dates are misleading however because the materials gathering and conception process began several years prior. There are found objects used in the sculpture that I gathered as long as six years ago. Images of how to use these objects began to form in the back of mind at that time.

What was your goal in building this project?

My goal was to build a truly dynamic, free standing kinetic figure that could temporarily induce a child-like reaction from jaded adults.

Does your project help to solve a problem? If so what problem?

This sculpture helps solve the problem of a nation of people who are losing their connection to how things are made, and the appreciation of craftsmanship in general. The eye-catching nature of the piece compels people to ask how such a thing could come into being. The discovery that it is made from salvaged parts also raises awareness about re-use of waste material.

What makes your idea unique?

Many things make this project unique. The use of discarded goods, its kinetic nature, the electric arc effect etc. Perhaps what is most unique in regards to the other entries in this competition would be the fact that its design was improvised rather than planned. Each step of the process was handled in response the one that came before it. No drawing or preconception was involved.

In what capacity are you using bearings and what type of bearings?

There are eight shoulder bearings mounted into the "shoulders" and "hips" of the figure. Two pillow block bearings are built into the main motor unit inside the torso. Another four pillow block bearings hold the "ankles" in place and allow side to side motion.

What is the most important thing you want people to know about your project?

This project is one of many. It is the result of many years of honing the craft of salvaging and repurposing machines and consumer goods. Any who found this interesting are invited to see more examples on my website:

How will you use the $5,000 prize?

Making a living as an artist is a constant struggle. All work is made out of pocket on the hopes that a buyer will materialize. $10,000 will secure months of studio time at the very least. It is also possible that I would use these funds towards the purchase of a cargo van to aid in the material gathering, delivery and installation aspects of my work.

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