Reuben Margolin’s Kinetic Wave Sculptures

Reuben Margolin’s Kinetic Wave Sculptures

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:

22 thoughts on “Reuben Margolin’s Kinetic Wave Sculptures

  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.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Wow–very cool! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Chris Emerson Wooten says:

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

  3. Thomas Gaskin says:

    getting it done like a boss

  4. Audrey Lynne Cook says:

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

  5. Audrey Lynne Cook says:

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

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  7. Alparslan Erden says:

    Iskenderiyeli Heron mübarek 

  8. scott silva says:

    far out

  9. Elliott Cole says:

    this was a mind blowing video, i’m speechless

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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.

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