TNB Night Owl – Kinetic Art

A few kinetic sculptures by Anthony Howe.
A few kinetic sculptures by Anthony Howe. Image captured by the News Blender.

One might define art as a medium of communication that the viewer often finds moving. That is, it often stirs one’s emotions. Most works of art don’t move. Paintings and statues, for example, may be moving works of art but they don’t physically move unless someone picks them up and carries them away. Kinetic art, on the other hand, is art that itself moves. In fact, they are designed to move while being appreciated. If it’s not moving, it’s not how the artist wanted it to be seen.

Kinetic art is sometimes incorrectly referred to as perpetual motion. However, the laws of physics disallow perpetual motion. In order for the art piece to move, energy must be added to it somehow. This is often done by either winding up a spring, or using a clock weight mechanism, or employing an electric motor, or relying on wind power, or some other means of adding energy to the system.

Okay, I’m no art critic (obviously) and art is far outside my core competency. However, I can recognize good art when I see it and I can share it with you. Some of these kinetic sculpture artists work in wood, others in metals. These are just a few examples of the art form. Enjoy!

“Kinetic wave sculpture” (3:09):

“Duality Kinetic Sculpture by David C Roy” (1:58):

“How This Guy Builds Mesmerizing Kinetic Sculptures | Obsessed | WIRED” (10:45):

“These Kinetic Sculptures Hypnotize You” (2:27):

“7 Incredible Kinetic Sculptures” (4:53):

“How These Metal Sculptures Move With The Wind” (3:07):

“Anthony Howe’s Otherworldly Kinetic Sculptures” (5:03):

Question Of The Night: Which is more pleasing to your eye, the metal or the wood kinetic sculptures?

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