The Guards of Medusa
Kinetic sculpture, 8″ wide and 6″ tall, $350
You would turn into stone upon gazing at Medusa’s face, according to legion. This kinetic sculpture builds upon automata, mechanisms designed to automatically follow a predetermined sequence of operations. Rather than concealing mechanisms, many contemporary designs highlight their complexity rather than hiding that detail. While typically hand cranks and cams made from wood or metal are employed, this design uses a microprocessor to sequence movement using a motor, servos and LEDs. 3D printing was used in its construction. Medusa and the guards are replicas of actual marble carvings from the fifth century. A short video of the creation is available here. Access to 110 volt power is required for it to operate.