Reuben Margolin's kinetic wave sculptures

Kinetic artist Reuben Margolin was featured on a recent episode of MAKE: television. He uses salvaged wood, metal, cardboard, and other recycled materials to create massive mechanical wave sculptures. Absolutely incredible work.


  1. O__O

    Wow. A great example of the whole being greater than the sum of its cardboard, plywood and polyethylene terephthalate string.

  2. no doubt in order to get those installations paid for, they had to embroider it with all kinds of pretentious sounding boilerplate…but his thinking is so beautiful and simple “I just thought it would be really cool to…”, and that’s all it needs to be. he’s like a big kid, and bravo for him.

  3. OMG. That’s awesome.
    I’ve always said math is beautifull.
    Wonder if he does small scale waves, I’d like to have one on my desk.

  4. Marvelous!

    Is there anywhere to find out what music they used? Or does anyone happen to know what in particular the first one was?


  5. @ #14 CERTHAS– sounds like some new interpretation of Stravinsky’s “Le Sacre du Printemps”, that they maybe mixed over some minimalist marimba music (Steve Reich perhaps).

  6. @ 16 I completely agree. No post-modernist, deconstructionist artistic mumbo-jumbo! He thinks waves are beautiful so he makes them. That simplicity does not take away from the complexity and beauty of his work.

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