For my final project, I plan on creating a mechanically programmed sculpture. I was first drawn to this idea from seeing a video on Youtube Shorts from JBV create where he created a mechanically programmed ball bearing sculpture, as seen below:
Based on the video above, my initial idea was to create a CU logo where the logo moves in and out of view as the camshaft spins. The aesthetic I planned for this idea was a clean, minimalist look with a monotone color like black, gold, slate grey, or white. My second thought was to have the phrase “Sko Buffs” that also moves in and out, and I would design it with a similar aesthetic as the CU logo as being clean and sleek. I thought I could combine those two ideas, so the CU logo appears in view first, and “Sko Buffs” appears in view second and continues to swap places as the camshaft spins.
I was researching mechanically programmed designs when I came upon a laser-cut wooden horse that, as a motor or crankshaft spins, moves the legs as if the horse was running, as seen below.
For this idea, I would instead design it to be a buffalo running as I’m going for it to be CU themed to have as a souvenir for when I graduate. I would attach the driven gear to a stepper motor or crankshaft to drive the buffalo. I think the most challenging part of this idea will be designing the linkages, so the running looks realistic.
The two aesthetics I was thinking about implementing into my design was a minimalist design made out of black acrylic or Delrin, as seen below, or keeping the raw natural look of the laser-cut wood, as seen above. I believe these two aesthetics paired with laser cutting, will help extenuate the layered portion of the design.
As for two alternative aesthetics, the first is a bohemian aesthetic, as seen below. The bohemian aesthetic consists of patterns and textures with natural materials such as wood, muted colors, warm earth tones, and pops of vibrant colors. It also features a design that looks vintage and handmade. For the application of this bohemian aesthetic to my project idea, it would be similar to the figure seen below.
The second aesthetic I chose to try out for my final project idea was the organic aesthetic. The organic aesthetic is inspired by nature and often features flowing shapes, earthy colors, and natural materials. If I implement an organic aesthetic into my final project, I will design the form to be made out of natural-looking wood rather than a laser-cut sheet, and I would include contours that mimic the body shape of a buffalo.