Gyres - simple kinetic sculptures

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Project by Derek Hugger posted 08-20-2019 12:08 AM 621 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are my newest pieces of kinetic art. Although I typically make some pretty complex pieces, I decided to go the opposite route with these and make them super simple. Each “Gyre” uses a spinning wheel to create an interesting visual effect. Part of the wheel looks like its moving outward, and part of it looks like it’s moving inward. There are no springs, weights, escapements, or complex mechanisms – just a simple pattern and a couple bearings. The Gyres come in three flavors: a nautilus, a snail, and a turtle.

Here’s a video to see them in action:

If you’d like to build one for yourself, plans are available on my website:

I hope you like them!


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#1 posted 08-20-2019 01:08 AM

I like them. Love your pieces. If I were younger, I try the hummingbird. Too old an shaky now and the brain is not what it use to be.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#2 posted 08-20-2019 09:48 AM

Interesting, thanks for posting

-- Petey

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#3 posted 08-20-2019 01:16 PM

Very cool. They all look great, but I really like the nautilus.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 08-20-2019 10:04 PM

Great visual effect!



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#5 posted 08-21-2019 12:04 AM

Best yet

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#6 posted 08-21-2019 01:42 AM

I love your work! I’m just waiting for a break in the craziness I call my life to order Colibri… Fantastic!!!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#7 posted 08-21-2019 05:29 AM

Very nice and interesting sculptures and structures.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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