Wednesday, 5 January 2011

My Kinetic Sculpture

This is a kinetic sculpture I have made. I started by making a wing structure and developed the idea by adding a motor, propeller and battery. After some consideration and research i decided to make the wing and propeller into a kinetic sculpture by adding a wire frame and a counter weight. Finally i attached the sculpture to some thread and balanced it taking inspiration from mobiles.

BMW Kinetic Sculpture

BMW Sculpture made from metal balls suspended from the ceiling giving the effect of floating.

Poster for project outline

Air Tunnel

This research continues from the Air Jet System research. I started to think about the process of the floating a ping pong ball on an airflow and how it could be used on a larger scale. This led me to Air Tunnels, which are used by skydivers to practice control while moving through the air. I discovered there is a place not far from my home where the public can use a wind tunnel. There are two forces at work, Gravity pulling the boy down and the airflow pushing him up. When the boy is stable the forces are balanced. It was good to research this method of floating first hand as it was something i have not seen before.  

Air Jet System makes objects float