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Category Archives: Kinetic Objects

james chedburn’s delightful kinetic sculptures

If one can trust Google’s translation tool, James Chedburn is a high school art teacher in Paris. He is also the creator of an animated collection of brass wire sculptures that are often whimsical and always brilliant.

Circus Elephant

Domestic Bliss II

He often mounts the kinetic sculptures on vintage tins – an interesting and effective idea that adds to their charm. In recent work, Chedburn added paper mache to the wire (see Rhino, below – more on his website), which give the sculptures an entirely different feel – this sense of skin; alive at one time.


Giraffe Wagon


Mr. Finoccini

Chedburn narrated this 13 minute video that shows him making an elephant from start to finish. Even though I don’t understand French the video was quite enjoyable – especially 10:30 minutes into the video. Don’t miss it.

If you don’t have time to scroll to the 10:30 minute mark on the video above to see how glorious these kinetic sculptures are, the video below¬†gives a tiny, tiny glimpse of a Chedburn piece in action.


James Chedburn’s website




alan ardiff’s kinetic jewelry

I love art that moves. Figuratively speaking for sure, but also literally. Jewelry that I can play with while wearing will always appeal to my fidgety side. I’ve seen a lot of kinetic work over the years – these miniature pieces from Ireland’s Alan Ardiff are innovative and fresh.

Butterfly Kisses

Wings flap, stars spin, hearts turn and birds peck. When the chain moves through Butterfly Kisses a wing flaps up and down to reveal a flower. Ardiff uses the same concept for Hello, where the receiver jiggles as the chain moves through the miniature phone (the chain moves when you move).


He describes the collection as “jewelry that moves to move you! As your jewelry moves, heads will turn.” See one of his pendants in action below and for an even better look at his work in action watch this. Delightful.

Ring Stand, with rings

Star Grazing


puppets always have to try to be alive: meet joey the warhorse

My unending fascination with the magical world of puppets led me to the TED talk below, the discovery of South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company and the genius of the company’s founders, Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler.

Imagine going to the theater expecting to listen to actors unfold a compelling story, only to discover that the main character is a puppet who does not speak. Imagine and be humbled by the tremendous skill not only of the puppeteers who manipulate the puppet, but by the craftsmen who build these utterly beautiful works of art.

TED Talk, April 2011

Here’s a short demonstration of the horse puppet.

And one more!

There is also a movie about the making of Warhorse – check out the trailer below.


Warhorse is now playing at Lincoln Center in NYC. There is also a book about the project.

kinetic objects: claudio pino’s rings

Today we return to our discovery of kinetic art objects with Claudio Pino’s complex kinetic rings. Born and raised in Chile, Pino now calls Canada home as he transforms raw materials including 18k gold, silver, precious stones and pearls into miniature sculptures that turn, whirl and spin.¬† The rings are reminiscent of globes spinning on axes, planets circling the sun or mechanical worlds with robotic blooms…


Infinities, Kinetic Ring, 14k Gold, Sterling Silver, Diamonds, Moonstsone, Ruby,
Best in Show 2009, Metal Arts Guild of Canada Steel Trophy Award

Representing a drop of water floating freely in space, the central Moonstone in Infinities, shown above, pivots 360 degrees in six directions.

Magnificence Stellaire, see description below

Magnificence Stellaire, detail

Magnificence Stellaire is a kinetic ring that represents a celestial system in motion. It was inspired by the immensity of the starry sky in the farthest reaches of the northern hemisphere. A sky that unifies all the provinces of Canada. The central stone, a black opal, portrays the aurora borealis with colorful and turbulent wisps of air in the vibrant darkness of the night. The stone rotates 360 degrees, thanks to a carefully designed and complex mechanism. This system also consists of various elements, including eight white freshwater pearls which symbolize the lunar phases. On the sides of the ring, several golden drops shimmer tracing the magnificence of the Milky Way. It also features moonstones that epitomize the black holes of our universe. This sculptural ring was designed after considerable reflection on the subjects of Unity and Diversity. It represents not only the magnitude of the sky but also the importance of each different element of our system. A vast sky, which unites us all despite the great distances that separate us.” Claudio Pino

Mystical Flowering, Kinetic Ring,
14K Gold, Opal, Diamonds, Tanzanites, Tahiti Pearls, Fresh water pearls

“The importance of jewellery in history fascinates and inspires me. Having a gem connected to one’s own body movements and having it associated with one’s personal appearance is a subject of investigation in itself. In 2000, I began a series of kinetic rings, where, just like a guardian angel, a gemstone watches over its owner. The rings mechanically follow the movements of the body in many small and complex ways.” Claudio Pino


kinetic objects: andrew chase’s mechanical sculptures

Andrew Chase’s fully articulated mechanical sculptures are poetry in motion. Chase successfully captures the grace of the cheetah and the lumbering, deliberate ways of the elephant using recycled transmission parts, electrical conduits, plumbing pipes and steel. They are utterly charming and realistic enough to make the cheetah seem almost a bit scary.


{click image to see a full size animation of the cheetah running}

{click image to see a full size animation of the elephant’s ears}

More images on the artist’s website

via io9 and NDI Gallery

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