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The Art of Motion Control. Bruce Shapiro has experimented with salvaged components of the automation industry since 1990. Initially building his own CNC rigs in order to explore algorithmic sculpture, the machines eventually evolved into kinetic sculptures themselves. Since 1999, he has permanently installed large-scale works at science centers both in the U.S and Canada, as well as Europe. Some create pictures with bubbles, some produce amazing dune patterns in sand, and some dance using silk flying through the air. While using very different materials, all demonstrate the wonderful potential of converting technology developed for the purpose of increasing factory production into whimsical and beautiful kinetic sculpture which inspires learning. Convinced that “Motion Control” is both a new medium for artistic expression and a great way to get kids into science, Shapiro focuses his passion on creating public art and teaching. He has taught DIY motion control to youths both in this country and abroad, and has large-scale artworks permanently installed in science centers in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

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