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Kinetic Sculpture Prototype

Graduate student Adam Feng plays with spiral-shaped Kinetic Sculpture
Playful spiral kinetic sculpture created as an undergraduate assignment
In 2004 as an undergraduate, I took a class called Catalysts for Design where we leverage natural phenomena like the Fibonacci series or laws of physics to create interactive art. For one of the weekly assignments we had to create a kinetic sculpture. I built this spiral of foam core, dowel, rubber bands and crepe paper. The two segments spin independently of each other and the potential energy that builds up in the rubber bands as one part moves transfers into the other part when it releases.
My classmates and I discovered that it was attractive when it moved while hanging, but even more fun as a toy between two people.