michael candy handcrafts helical kinetic light sculpture michael candy handcrafts helical kinetic light sculpture
aug 07, 2014

michael candy handcrafts helical kinetic light sculpture

michael candy handcrafts helical kinetic light sculpture
all images courtesy of michael candy

 

 

 

suspended within the walls of an old dockside warehouse in india, a creature waves its long arms upwards and downwards in a hypnotizing fashion. the plywood and metal body articulates 18 fluorescent tubes that radiate waves of light onto the surrounding architecture as they gently move around its spine. the overall effect is anamorphic, where the individual beams move as one, floating above the surface of the ground. completed over the course of one month during the kochi artist in residency program, this describes the work of creative mind michael candy called ‘big dipper.’

 


video courtesy of michael candy

 

 

 

for the construction, the australia-based artist collaborated with a local metal shop to craft some of the more complex metal components. these intricacies are apparent in the roller chains located along the main axis of the structure that move around the circumference of a steel circle located between every pair of bulbs. their stability is ensured by two zip ties that connect back to the jigsaw-cut wooden modules following the rotation of the central helix mechanism.

michael candy big dipper kinetic light sculpture
from below the constituent parts driving helix become visible

michael candy big dipper kinetic light sculpture
each plywood pattern has been cut by jigsaw and paper templates 

michael candy big dipper kinetic light sculpture
individual arms conform to the shape of the central helix.

michael candy big dipper kinetic light sculpture
first set of fluorescent lights attached

michael candy big dipper kinetic light sculpture
nearing completion

michael candy big dipper kinetic light sculpture
the frame before the helix is inserted

michael candy big dipper kinetic light sculpture
view from above

michael candy big dipper kinetic light sculpture
local workshop team lending a hand to shape the helix

michael candy big dipper kinetic light sculpture
the local bearing shop owner

michael candy big dipper kinetic light sculpture
the artist and the workshop team

 

 

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