“Art-O-Motion” Mechanical Sculpture

art o motion mechanical sculpture

Grade Level: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

In 1913, Marcel DuChamp mounted a spinning bicycle wheel to a stool to make what is considered the first kinetic sculpture. Since then, many artists have paired physical science and engineering with artistic vision to create amazing pieces of mechanical sculpture. This simple, pulley-operated design has students design “gears” that spin on spools when a string is pulled.

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