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

Goli Mohammadi

I’m a word nerd who loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon. I was an editor on the first 40 volumes of MAKE, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. In particular, covering art is my passion — after all, art is the first thing most of us ever made. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for untouched powder fields and ideal alpine lakes.

Contact me at [email protected] or via @snowgoli.

  • Cail Young

    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.

    • Anonymous

      Wow–very cool! Thanks for sharing!

  • Chris Emerson Wooten

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

  • Thomas Gaskin

    getting it done like a boss

  • Audrey Lynne Cook

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

  • Audrey Lynne Cook

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

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  • Alparslan Erden

    Iskenderiyeli Heron mübarek 

  • scott silva

    far out

  • Elliott Cole

    this was a mind blowing video, i’m speechless

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