Did Alexander Calder become famous simply because he was grandiose in his designs? I have heard people say that they were surprised to see so many small sculptures in his exhibits. Laugh, I guess my next question to myself should be:
- Should I take the next step and attempt to create much larger kinetic mobile sculptures?
- Should I go the other way and perfect my desk mobile sculptures (bet you didn't know I have developed a line of miniatures, desk and bookshelf size)?
- Can I remember how to calculate the tensile strength of a beam?
It has been many years since I have calculated the tensile strength of a beam. I spent 2.5 years in drafting school doing just that, and other physics questions that made me want to pluck myself bald (calculation for water displacement comes to mind)! Oh how I wish I could have landed a job in any engineering setting! For if I had, I wouldn't even question my ability to think on a more grandiose scale. I would jump at the chance, eyes and arms open wide to embrace the excitement of it all!
I think in 2011 I will try to make a 10ft kinetic mobile sculpture. Whats the worst than can happen.... I learn through failure! If it works then I can be more grandiose in my designs :-) Not so minimalist :-)
I think that a kinetic sculpture should also be on my list for 2011. I am so intrigued by wind driven kinetic sculptures like the one outside the New Orleans Museum of Art. That would be an effort indeed! Gonna need a bigger torch!