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A Simple Mechanical Escapement
1987
6ft. x 3ft. x 3ft.


Pulling, then letting go of a red cord brings this Simple Mechanical Escapement to life. At the other end of the cord hangs a red weight. The weight powers a star shaped wheel whose spinning spokes strike a hanging, metal, "Y" shaped pendulum with unstructured irregularity.

This little sculpture illustrates an ancient clockwork mechanism, a crown wheel escapement. But here the mechanical elements are held so loosely that an erratic dance takes place, instead a measured beat.


"Many works, like 'Simple Mechanical Escapement,' have a spidery grace, delicate gears and wheels that clank and chime as they move through their herky-jerky paces." Judy Arginteanu, The St. Paul Pioneer Press.

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