This lovely video* of Bob Potts’ work really showcases such delicacy of movement and grace. The soundtrack contributes to the mesmerizing effect, but I think the sculptures really stand on their own. In particular, the third one (at about 5 minutes) makes me want to hop on and fly into a lovely cloud-puffed sky.
*Shot and edited by Bryan Root, Motherlode Pictures, music by Peter Dodge.
There is, of course the design and engineering aspects to the sculptures (and I’d assume, a lot of prototypes!), but what is really moving about these literally moving pieces, is their graceful integrity.
Indeed, Mr. Potts, in a gracious letter to blogger, Daniel Busby, wrote, “I do tinker away and come up with ideas. I make stick models to work out geometry. No high powered CAD programs here. Much of the time what I start out with is much different then the results. It is very rewarding to see a piece grow and evolve. I am looking for the gracefulness that surrounds us, I use the talents I have to try and bring it forth.“
A second video showcases those talents: