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A SIMPLE MECHANICAL ESCAPEMENT
6 feet x 3 ft. x 3 ft.
Currently in the collection of the Artist
Pulling, then letting go of a red cord brings this Simple Mechanical Escapement to life.
At the other end of the cord hangs a weight. The weight powers a star shaped wheel whose spinning spokes strike a hanging, metal "Y" shaped pendulum with unstructured irregularity.
This little sculpture illustrates an ancient clockwork mechanism, a crown wheel escapement. But here the mechanical elements are held so loosely that an erratic dance takes place, instead a measured beat.
"... a spidery grace, delicate gears and wheels that clank and chime as they move through their herky-jerky paces." - Judy Arginteanu, The St. Paul Pioneer Press.
simple escapement drawing 2
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