I like this collection of small mechanisms by Dan Grayber. they remind me of a Chis Burden show I had seen a long time ago at the MAK in vienna that had a performance piece called the flying steamroller. for that one – a full size steamroller was started up each hour and driven around in a circle with a concrete ballast counter-balance – after a few minutes the engine was cut and the steamroller would fly in circles almost silently…
from the artists website:
Objects are invented in order to satisfy particular needs, specifically, human needs. With my sculpture I investigate the concept of need when the human is removed from this equation. I do this by replacing the human with the object itself. My sculptures are invented only to sustain themselves, functioning as self-resolving problems. The result is an object that has been invented only to compensate for the complications created by its own existence. The piece alone represents the need and the resolution.
Many of my pieces are small, spring loaded, mechanical objects. They are intricately designed and fabricated to accomplish one of the most simple, yet most essential tasks that an autonomous object can. This task, this need, is that of holding itself up. In most cases, my pieces accomplish this by actively attaching themselves to specific architectural features and individual objects.