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Random Clockwork

1981

12ft. x 12ft. x 12ft.

An interactive clockwork escapement. The movement of this sculpture is intentionally unpredictable and makes various unexpected sounds and movements.

"In Random Clockwork (1981), hanging a weight on one end of a rope creates the tension that spins three bamboo spokes, which strike at irregular intervals the spars on a bamboo rod. If a spike misses a spar, the wheel speeds up, ensuring that the next spoke will hit the other spar with great force, spinning the rod so that the other spar hits the next spoke. Chuck Twardy, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C.

"...Random Clockwork," consists of bamboo poles organized into the frame of a tall, teepeelike construction. When a metal weight is attached to a string on one or the other side, the poles start banging away at each other. The sounds suggest the ticking of a crazy clock. The clacking wood makes us think of jousting, or of karate chops. Some of the movements seem slapstick, some lethal". Michael Brenson, The New York Times.


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