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Engineering Kinetic Sculpture

Because he likes how shadows and light can move to change form, Kevin Caron has created a number of kinetic sculptures, including Genome Project, Isadora and Echo, to name a few.

Accordingly, there are videos about engineering kinetic sculpture. You can enjoy them by selecting any of the how-to videos below ....

How to Make a Sculpture (or Anything Else) Spin in the Wind How to Make a Sculpture (or Anything Else) Spin in the Wind
Mar 20, 2013
Kevin answers viewers' questions about how to make a sculpture - or anything else - spin in the wind. We first find him playing with Genome Project, one of his sculptures. Then he takes us inside his studio and shows a stand like the one Genome Project sits on. It's actually a used harrow disk from a farm implement. Kevin fillled in the hole on the top of the disk by welding some metal stock in the opening, then drilled a hole in it to match the size of the sculpture's shaft. Because this particular disk was pretty worn down, Kevin didn't have enough room beneath it to put the mount and two bearings that allows the sculpture to spin. So he added a "lift kit" of a 1/2" piece of square tubing that he shaped in his Chinese pipe bender (also called a stock bender) then welded it into place on the bottom rim of the disk. Inside the disk, he takes a piece of C-channel - which offers enough support to hold up the sculpture - and welds it inside the disk, aligned with the hole. Then he shows the bearings he is using. They are small flanges with bearings in the middle. They have a grease fitting that allows you to grease it every six months or year to keep the sculpture spinning. He chose this particular type of bearing because the hole matches the size of the 3/4" shaft of the sculpture that will sit on top of it. He used two bearings because they are made to mount sideways, with the weight on the vertical axis. When you mount them horizontally, or flat, and put the load above the bearing, there is some freeplay, or wobble, that can be pronounced in a tall sculpture. Depending upon the height of the sculpture, an 1/8" of an inch wobble at the bearing can translate to a variance of 6 - 8" at the top of a sculpture, allowing it to sway. He mounts one bearing on top of the C-channel and the other on the bottom, so they cancel each other's "slop," or "run out." The sculpture can still spin freely but without the freeplay, or wobble. Kevin got the bearings at a local supplier of industrial bearings called Motion Industries. You can also find the bearings at Grainger and online. Kevin paid about $35 each for these 3/4", 2-bolt flange bearings, which are rated to a very high weight rating for his needs.
Contemporary Art Sculpture Genome Project Spins its Magic Contemporary Art Sculpture Genome Project Spins its Magic
Apr 30, 2010
Just mounted on its bearing, Kevin gives his kinetic sculpture a whirl, showing off the Genome Project's incredible shadow.

See this sculpture completed ....
Contemporary Art Sculpture Mobilus Spins Sensual Shadows Contemporary Art Sculpture Mobilus Spins Sensual Shadows
Oct 12, 2009
When sculptor Kevin Caron saw the piece he'd been working on casting shadows as it spun, he couldn't resist. Even before it gets its patina, Mobilus shows its sensuous shadow as Kevin takes it out for a spin.
Adding Finishing Touches to the Kinetic Steel Sculpture Diamante Adding Finishing Touches to the Kinetic Steel Sculpture Diamante
Nov 18, 2008
With the upper sections of Kevin's large kinetic sculpture Diamante nearly complete, he adds some finishing touches to the base. He shows how he sets, tacks, then welds on the feet, then stands up Diamante and gives her a spin.
How to Engineer Two Spinning Components on a Steel Sculpture How to Engineer Two Spinning Components on a Steel Sculpture
Oct 24, 2008
Kevin's 9-foot-tall steel sculpture Diamante is taking shape. He's roughed together the outer and inner diamonds and set them on bearings. Now he's fine-tuning the mechanics so the two diamonds can rotate independently - and smoothly.

See Diamante completed ....
Fitting Angles on the Diamond-shaped Steel Sculpture Diamante Fitting Angles on the Diamond-shaped Steel Sculpture Diamante
Oct 09, 2008
Kevin takes on another challenge in a sculpture called Diamante, which will have two diamonds, one inside each other, that rotate. He explains how he is fitting together the outside diamond by using the metal he cut off to attach each side to fill in the opening each connection created. Watch the video and it'll make sense!
Making a Contemporary Art Sculpture Spin in the Wind Making a Contemporary Art Sculpture Spin in the Wind
Aug 22, 2008
With most of his finish work complete, Kevin has mounted Loaded, his latest sculpture, on a bearing so it can spin with the light touch of a hand or breeze. In this video, he explains how he made the magic happen.

See Loaded completed ....