Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Mechanical Sculpture That Lives: "Drifting Apart"

" Drifting apart" is designed by Paul Spooner and Matt Smith and made in an edition of 24 that were finished in November, 2002. A large and fairly heavy automata , the bath and people are carved of lime and painted in Liqutex with three or four coats of gesso. The box is Douglas Fir with birch ply and cork slides various other materials include four rare earth magnets. As you wind the handle the bath gradually splits apart , the man and woman try to maintain their grip but eventually let go . As the bath moves apart the two people turn to face the front , as you continue to wind the bath moves back together reuniting the couple who grip hands once more. The model is 240mm x 130mm x 330mm high.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think Spooner is wonderful! I first saw his work in Baltimore at the American Visionary Art Museum. A totally cool place and must see if ever in the area. Pictures cannot convey the joy and whimsy of these creations and the giggles that operating them evokes.

Thank you for the pictures and description.