Reuben Margolin’s Kinetic Sculputure Art

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Californian artist Reuben Margolin creates mesmerizing kinetic sculptures which move in a hypnotic organic way.

To the left we see 'Balance', a kinetic sculpture commissioned by the Belasting & Douane Museum in Rotterdam, Netherlands. This kinetic sculpture consists of two curtains undulating out of phase.

The Magic Wave

The Magic Wave was prestented at the Swiss 'Technorama' in Winterthur. It has a light blue aluminum grid suspended by 256 cables. Its motion is an addition of four variable-amplitude waves: two structured as single-wavelength, and two as double-wavelength. And there is an overall height mechanism that raises and lowers the entire wave simultaneously.

The overhead mechanics contain 3'000 pulleys, 5 kilometers of steel cable, and 9 motors. Reuben Margolin considers the Magic Wave as a collaboration between himself and the staff at Technorama (Jürg Neuenschwander, Remo Besio, Thorsten-D. Künnemann and Heinz Ammann), who built it in their basement workshop, and figured out lots of the details down to the thousandth of a millimeter, and beautifully crafted.

Nebula (Video by Nikki Zhang and Chris Potter.)

Nebula is four feet in diameter. Around 8'000 beads have been used. 

The Round Wave (Video by Michele Orlando)

Margolin uses salvaged wood, metal, cardboard, and other recycled materials to create this massive mechanical wave sculptures. Some of his pieces have their own 'personality' and seem to be alive even!

Reuben Margolin's 'Balance' kinetic sculpture.

More of Reuben Margolin's fantastic organic sculptures can be enjoyed on his site:

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