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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.

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