Overview of my aesthetic: My final design project has a kinetics/movement aesthetic. I got a lot of feedback on my aesthetic, and felt the need to dive a little deeper. Through my aesthetic research, I found many examples of artists who used kinetic construction to form the kinetic aesthetic of their art work. One of the main artists that sparked my inspiration for an art piece was Man Ray and his piece Obstruction from 1920. This piece can be seen below. As seen, this art piece would show an organic kinetic aesthetic through natural disturbances. Other more relatable examples include kinetic machines located in the ITLL lobby and walkways.
Inspiration: I will be adopting the kinetic/movement portion of this aesthetic, but I will make my kinetics driven through a DC motor instead of natural disturbances. If I have time, I will dive into the lumino kinetic aesthetic and add lighting to the base of my project.
Below is a preliminary sketch I created.
Sketch Explanation: As shown above, I will be making a kinetic sculpture that is driven with a DC motor. There will be 4 sets of disks on the motor varying in size. I have uploaded a sketch of the blade below which I made in SolidWorks. The first 3 blades will contain slots in them with polycarbonate spacers in between. To ensure the blades move together, dowel pins will be press fit into each one. Additionally, the smallest blade in front will be the driving disk which will hold a jam nut on the very end. The purpose for the jam nut is to lock the shaft in place and then slide along the slot in order to separate the disk’s starting points. This will also mean that the design will be reversible in terms of direction.
Prototype Below includes ideas of a moiré aesthetic.