Mesmerizing Kinetic Sculptures Of Anthony Howe

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The sculptures of Anthony Howe intriguing as they are – gleaming in the yard of his rural home.  However, when a breeze picks up and flows through his work, the sculptures take on new life.  These kinetic sculptures unfold in the wind with mesmerizing movement.  He says of his work:

“I attempt, with an economy of means, to construct objects whose visual references range from lo-tech sci-fi paraphernalia to microbiological or astronomical models.  Utilizing primarily stainless steel armatures that are driven either by hammered curvilinear shapes or flat fiberglass covered discs, I hope the pieces assume a spare, linear elegance when conditions are still, mutating to raucous animation when the wind picks up.”  [via]

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Sophia Collier’s Water-like Portraits Of The Wind

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Working in her studio in Sausalito, CA, sculptor Sophia Collier uses a combination of acrylic block and algebraic function (with a little help from a CNC router), to carve sculptures of wind. The clear, floating relief works look like freeze-frame slices of the water’s surface. She spends a great deal of time replicating the effects that both wind and light create on a large body of water using custom rendering software and sound recordings of the wind. Collier carefully mimics its movements and reactions with a series of digital “brushes” she has created, working to develop unique strings of information to carve out each piece. The sound waves move and fluctuate in the digital space just as they do in the physical realm—and the result is a crystallized portrait of the wind, giving the visual effect of sunlit water. She outlines her entire process here.

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The Wind Passages of Magnus Sönning Bring The Outside Indoors

The site specific installations of Magnus Sönning investigate space and the structures that inhabit it.  In a way, his Wind Passages bring the outside indoors.  The small raised corridors allow the wind (and at times rain) to flow right through a building.  His work emphasizes the space that we live in.  It encourages us to think about the world prior to the existence of the the structures of everyday life.  Other works of Sönning take pieces of buildings – ceilings, floors, walls – out of context and puts them on display.  These pieces create further opportunities to investigate structures we simply pass through each day.

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