Kinetic sculpture of Franz Kafka's metamorphosing head

David Cerny (previously) created this wonderful kinetic sculpture of Prague's own Franz Kafka. Read the rest

Suburban LEGO Sisyphus mows his lawn over and over again

2015 gave us the wonderful kinetic LEGO sculpture of the tragic Greek mythological character Sisyphus perpetually pushing a boulder.

When creator Jason Allemann of JKBrickworks saw fellow LEGO artist Josh David's lawn mower kinetic sculpture, he knew he had to make one of his own &mdashl; but with a twist.

Building on his original idea, Allemann swapped out Sisyphus for his modern-day counterpart -- a suburban man in shorts and knee socks -- and replaced the fate of eternally pushing a boulder with mowing an ever-growing lawn.

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Check out Chris Burden's massive kinetic sculpture of a model car track

A new film about artist Chris Burden comes out this year, which is the perfect reason to revisit one of his coolest later works: Metropolis II, filmed here by Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman.

The sculpture took four years to build. Quoth the filmmakers:

We had the honor of spending three days in Chris Burden's studio filming this sculpture before it was moved to the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art (LACMA) where it is being reinstalled.

The documentary, titled Burden, is being released in 2017:

Metropolis II by Chris Burden (the movie) (YuTube / HENRYandREL Supermarché) Read the rest

Collapsible wooden seat parametrically designed via implicit programming

SWISH is a lovely portable stool created by feeding inputs into design software and seeing what the software generated. Carlo Ratti Associati debuted this prototype at Milan Design Week 2017. Read the rest

The Sisyphus Machine creates beautiful patterns in sand

Bruce Shapiro makes mesmerizing and impermanent sculptures with commercial motion-control gear, as used in robotics to less artistic ends. He's been doing it for 25 years, he writes, creating kinetic sculptures that embody his love of technology.

Above is a time-lapse video of Sisyphus, which slowly draws intricate patterns in sand. More videos are at his Vimeo page, demonstrating the zenlike movements of the device in much-accellerated fashion.

The name evokes the classical fable of a man doomed to perform the same task over and over again for eternity. Shapiro told Metro's Oliver Wheaton that he's working on a consumer-size version.

Cory wrote about Bruce's earlier work in 2012. Read the rest