Here’s a conversation kick-off for kinetic sculpture. Post your ideas, questions, materials and skills you’re looking for or could offer, and anything else you feel like.
Well I excitedly told my coworkers about this and then sadly learned that Ithaca Fest may not actually happen this year due to financial troubles: http://ithacafestival.org/
Still down to do this but just a heads up!
Here is a great site I found: http://www.papioskineticparade.com/gallery.htm
Awesome photos on there!
Possibly interesting backstory - the idea for a kinetic sculpture derby in Ithaca originally came up as it’s own event sponsored by the Community Arts Partnership and IG. It ended up folding into the IthacaFest because there just were not enough weekends in the summer to schedule everything and because that event already had permits etc.
I would think that if for some reason IthacaFest failed to raise the needed funds (I am pretty sure they will succeed) there could still be a kinetic sculpture parade. If it went from stewart park to cass park on the bike path (for example) it might not even need any special permits or street closures, and the public boat ramps could even support a water element!
I share Elliot’s optimism about Ithaca Festival succeeding, but it is something to follow. Other possible venues are Streets Alive! in May and September.
I’m thinking about all the different whirlygigs out there, and (for a really uncomfortable ride) hex bugs/brush bots
Kinetic Sculpture Kick-Off Gathering – Monday, Dec 17th at 7 PM – IG Front Room: Based on the Doodle, it looks like 7-9 PM on Monday is the one time soon when we can get together. Let’s plan on meeting then, and then look for additional times starting in January when we can meet again. Everyone is welcome to join.
Hey guys! I was looking forward to coming to the meeting but unfortunately I will be unable to make it. I have some welding skill to offer, always happy to learn more skills though! Hope the meeting goes well, happy planning.
Thanks for a great discussion last night. Between our current projects and a couple completed works by other community members, we’ll have enough sculptures to join the parade in June. We’re planning to have our next gathering in early January. Until then think about what you might want to build, draw up some sketches or find some photos for inspiration. Don’t worry about the how at this point, just imagine the end result. We can assist with the how.
–Doug and Laurence’s Unicorn Quadricycle
–Jason’s Race Car
Community sculptures we’ll invite:
–John’s Giant Chicken Bicycle
–Vicki’s Illuminated Bicycles
–Giles Street Papier Maché Heads
Ideas in waiting (looking for team members):
–Two-Person, One Iggy Bicycle
Existing platforms available:
–Several cargo bikes
–The Mega Wagon
–The 2’ x 8’ wagon that had a coat rack
–A Triple tandem bike
Inspiration (we looked at work by a few artists):
–And YouTube videos of other Kinetic Scultpture Races and the Flugtag
I’ve put up a Doodle Poll with some dates and times that might work for a second Kinetic Sculpture Gathering: https://doodle.com/poll/q4zm5gqb4me6636e
We’ll start small, but here’s an example of what’s possible:
Let’s meet on Wednesday, Jan 16th from 7-8:30 PM in the front room. We’ll discuss ideas for projects, and provide ideas, feedback, and assistance. See you then!
Great news! Ithaca Festival is fully funded. Applications to participate in the parade are supposed to open today, but there’s no link on their web site yet. I’ll check back later and reach out to the organizers if I don’t see anything later on.