4”h x 12”w x 1”d
ANDREA DAVIDE Talks About This Kinetic Art Sculpture
Time escapes its limits, stretching out into the past and into the future while intricate, precise linkages attempt to pin time in place.
At 12” long, and fully kinetic, every aspect of this small kinetic sculpture is hand manipulated and unique. Each sheet of glass is hand cut and polished. Each antique gear, removed from cuckoo clocks has been painstakingly separated from it’s shaft and hub, then polished, finally with new gear hubs made and new shafts made to stake each gear into it’s new glass foundation, allowing the viewer to view and become part of the interconnections and action.
Working with gears is a high precision engineering endeavor. If the gears are placed even 3/1000 of an inch too close together the gears will jam together and cannot turn. Conversely, if the gears are placed even 3/1000 of an inch too far apart, the gear teeth will not mesh, and the gears cannot turn. Drilling only halfway into sheets of thin glass, with such accuracy, is another painstaking part of the artist’s process. Finally, the two glass sheets must be held together, covering at least two layers of freely spinning gears, without interfering with the observer’s view and participation in the overall design. In the end, we are offered a view of Davide’s varying contemplations of time’s affect on the human condition.