Throughout the process of making my kinetic art piece, one of the main lessons I learned was patience. I had to be patient with my thoughts, and myself because I couldn’t decide what I wanted my piece to look like. Once I figured that (very important) part out, I was able to begin working and had a blast making my Apprehensive Camel.
Cardboard base, paper towel roles, felt, hollow balls, thread, glue, wood
The idea behind this project was to learn to make kinetic art (art that moves) while at the same time, diving deeper into understanding our power animal. During the time we were given this assignment to the point when I finished it, my idea of what I wanted my final sculpture to look like changed drastically. Once I sketched out a draft of the mess in my head, everything became clearer for me, and I was able to begin.
The first thing I did in preparation for this project was to go back to the sculpture I did of my animal’s movement. I then thought of a way I could re-do that sculpture in a creative way to make it represent a camel’s movement and actually move. After a few drafts, I came up with the outline was wanted to work with. The three light, hollow spheres suspended from the string attached to the wood across the top represent the movements of a camel. This is because when you move any of the spheres, they all bounce off each other, creating the wobbly movement of an apprehensive camel.
The Photos below show the process of creating ideas for my sculpture that I described above.