Exploring dynamic art

Tim Phillips is leading a group of UTS Mechanical Engineering students to develop innovative concepts for a mechanically integrated public artwork.

Two groups of four students have been given the challenge to respond to a brief developed by Tim, to deliver concepts for a sun tracking kaleidoscope artwork, which will be judged and considered for entry into Sydney’s Sculpture by the Sea.

The successful concept will then be developed further, under the creative direction of Tim, should it be accepted into the exhibition.

“The project has been developed to challenge students to think beyond a traditional mechanical engineering brief and open their eyes to working on more creative projects,” said Tim.

“It’s also an opportunity to see how public art can move beyond static into a more dynamic and interactive form, through the integration of mechanics.”

Tim believes the project will help demonstrate the possibilities for mechanical architectural applications to extend to public art.

“There are many examples of dynamic art involving wind or artificial light, however these applications are somewhat flat and limited,” he said.

“I see a real opportunity for artists to work with mechanical engineers and industrial designers to develop more adventurous kinetic artworks, utilising similar technology being applied in architecture which is designed, constructed and maintained to ensure reliable operation and longevity.”

Sculpture by the Sea will be held at the Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach coast walk from 20 October to 6 November.

“I look forward to assessing what the students produce and hopefully bringing one of the concepts to life for Sculpture by the Sea,” Tim said.

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