Kinetic Compass Desktop Sculpture

This kinetic wood sculpture resembles a compass, with a star-shaped pointer that hovers and turns.
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Michael Stromberg


Michael Stromberg created by

Michael Stromberg

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Magnetic North

Beautifully crafted from walnut, maple, mahogany, and zebrawood, this intriguing design by Michael Stromberg appears to float in midair--rotating, wiggling and shifting with a touch. Created using powerful, hidden magnets, this interactive design is a natural twist on the traditionally mechanical world of kinetic art.

Here, a four-pointed star hovers in midair within a gracefully arched framework. It resembles a compass rose, and yet its ever-turning pointers offer no guide to finding north. Is it a tool for losing yourself, rather than being found? Does it represent your power to chart your own path in life? Or could it possibly be responding to those unseen forces that pull on us: love, duty, ambition, imagination. Like all works of art, it invites us to ask questions and explore. This handsome work of art is suitable for home or office, tabletop or bookshelf. Handmade in North Branford, Connecticut.

Due to the handmade nature of this item, each is unique and will vary.


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Michael Stromberg

created by

Michael Stromberg

Michael Stromberg makes fine kinetic sculptures, primarily of wood, which utilize magnetic suspension. The magnetically attracted pieces rotate, shimmy and move whenever a breeze or detectable vibration occurs. Vibrations from footsteps, music, earthquakes, etc., will bring the pendants to life. When there are no vibrations, the pendants remain in perfect, motionless balance.

Magnetic Suspension in kinetic art is a technique that he developed and has been refining his entire career. Traditional kinetic art is limited to mechanical connections and the motions attained fairly predictable. With the addition of magnetism to kinetic art, there is a entirely new realm of possibilities for connections as well as movements that can be achieved. Michael has dedicated his life to exploring all of the possibilities of this new technique.

When designing a new sculpture, he generally starts with a very loose concept of what he wants the sculpture to portray. This concept usually involves a focal point that will become the gist of the sculpture. The focal point can be one item, for instance a compass, or multiple complimentary parts, like a sail and hull. Once the focal point or theme of the work has been decided, the frame and ancillary parts are designed to complement the focal point(s).

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magnet, walnut wood, mahogany, Maple, zebrawood, aircraft cable
10" L x 8" W x 8" H
please note: due to the handmade nature of this item, each piece will vary slightly.
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