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I enjoy the "Steampunk" genre and decided to create a kinetic sculpture in the style. My goal was to create a fantastical device that would be a little familiar yet strange. Something that would look like it might belong in Captain Nemoís ship the Nautilus. This one got a little out of hand and turned into a one year project but Iím pleased with the results. Watch the videos to see it operate and some of how it was built. If you are not familiar with "Steampunk" then do a web and image search and enjoy something that you have seen but didn't know it had a name.
The sculpture is motor driven and runs continuously but with random patterns of motion. It includes five layers of motion and six rotating dials on the perimeter. The elliptical gears are fully functional and drive the dials. Nearly all of the parts in this sculpture were hand made including the gears and sprockets.
The piece is about six feet tall and 34 inches wide. It is made of mild steel, brass, bronze, aluminum, copper and glass. There is a clear coat of Penetrol over the entire piece. This is an indoor sculpture.