Upcycling in High Gear
Cambridge Wood Works commissioned one of their former volunteers Alex Hamill of Kinetic Barn to create a large, wall-mounted sculpture using only recycled wood that captured the essence of our operation and stayed faithful to our values.
The sculpture, which is possibly the world’s largest business card dispenser, titled “Upcycling in High Gear”, is mounted above our office, and runs all day on a single winding. At over 3 metres wide, it is the largest commissioned work Alex has installed to date.
Alex designs and makes kinetic sculptures using interesting timbers as the main media for his work. His sculptures are brought to life using spring-powered mechanisms that he has developed over time.
Taking some time out to study Creativity and Innovation, Alex deployed his keen eye for detail and good design to overseeing various aspects of new product development for high-end consumer products – from the early creative phases of innovation, industrial design and styling through to launch and production; and in parallel honed his own craftsmanship skills over recent years by building prototype models together with designing and making bespoke pieces of hardwood furniture for the home and garden prior to become a sculptor.
Time Machine represents a more portable piece that focuses on the use of an internal involute gear train to give a circular boundary to the drive mechanism and the overall aesthetic of an early skeleton pocket watch.
The rotating arm turns anticlockwise and gives the illusion of time running backwards accompanied by a discrete and pleasant ‘tick’.
This sculpture runs for over 16 hours on a single winding.
Both works by Kinetic Barn will be on display together from Saturday 6 July 2013 until the end of the month, and Alex Hamill will be at the Wood Store on Saturday 6th, 13th and 20th July to answer any questions you might like to put to him about his work.