An union of art & science
Built from rubbish and broken machines that litter our everyday lives, these sculptures represent a union of art and science, form and function, proportion and principle. The art is in the form, the look, and the mood they might convey. The science is in the way they might move, spin, or light up.
On the face of it these are two different sets of skills, the ability to create an esthetic, or the ability to work with forces such as electricity, seem to be set far apart from each other.
This has not always been so. In the time of Leonardo da Vinci for example, an artist was not expected to be “artistic” (whatever that means) but just to have an understanding of the techniques related to the production of art. This was a purely technical process. The idea of refining this artisan into an Artist had not yet occured.
The idea of science had been around since at least 400 BC, the height of the classical Greek period (when the concept of the atom was first proposed) and left its mark on the art of the times, in the form of a strictly mathematical aproach to sculpture in particular, and art in general.
Art, artifact, artifice, artificial are words that convey a sense of craftmanship, an ability to create, which does not nessacarlly stop at the borders of what we now call science. >>