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Reuben Margolin Double Raindrop
Our Mechanics theme brought to mind San Francisco Bay Area kinetic sculptor Reuben Margolin, one of my all-time favorite artists. He makes mind-blowing, moving art based on tiny observations in nature. His collection of waves has the ability to quiet, soothe, and inspire awe in the viewer. Margolin combines math and simple materials (and insanely neat string and pulley systems) to recreate and amplify subtle effects that often go unnoticed in nature, like a tiny ripple or the movement of a caterpillar. One of my favorite Make: television segments is this fascinating 10-minute profile of Margolin:

Goli Mohammadi

I’m senior editor at MAKE and have worked on MAKE magazine since the first issue. I’m a word nerd who particularly loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon as a whole. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for the ideal alpine lake or hunting for snow to feed my inner snowboard addict.

The maker movement provides me with endless inspiration, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. The specific beat I cover is art, and I’m a huge proponent of STEAM (as opposed to STEM). After all, the first thing most of us ever made was art.

Contact me at goli (at) makermedia (dot) com.


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  1. Cail Young says:

    Apologies for the poor video link. A local dance company has just put on a production collaborating with Reuben where one of his sculptures is “driven” by some dancers. It’s pretty awesome.

    http://media.theage.com.au/entertainment/red-carpet/chunky-move-gets-connected-2233278.html

    1. Anonymous says:

      Wow–very cool! Thanks for sharing!

  2. please look at this — moving / mobile sculpture. loved it.

  3. getting it done like a boss

  4. love this guy’s mind; be sure to see it through to the end…

  5. art is the search for truth some say; love the way this person thinks and the implications for energy!

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  7. scott silva says:

    far out

  8. Elliott Cole says:

    this was a mind blowing video, i’m speechless

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