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Moving Sculpture, A Fusion Of Art And Mechanics, Sarah Newton Apr 2017

Moving Sculpture, A Fusion Of Art And Mechanics, Sarah Newton

Honors Program Theses and Projects

My thesis project explores the combination of visual aesthetics and complex mechanics through the creation of a functioning wind turbine sculpture primarily constructed from found materials, both natural and man-made. The sculpture functions as a basic wind turbine using a treadmill motor as a generator. It symbolizes nature through the diverse textures and natural colors of the found materials it is composed of. Research was conducted through studying many versions of wind turbines built by amateurs online and reading texts about creating homemade wind power such as “Homebrew Wind Power” by Dan Bartmann & Dan Fink. The purpose of the sculpture ...