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kinetic touch desktop sculpture

by Michael Stromberg
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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, or even from nearby footsteps or music. Created using powerful, hidden magnets, this interactive design lends a natural touch to the traditionally mechanical world of kinetic art.

Here, two outstretched hands hover together, almost touching. Are we witnessing an act of creation? A sign of hostility? Or compassion? Is it an act of futility, these two hands forever unable to connect? Or is it an invitation to the viewer? This handsome work of art is suitable for home or office, tabletop or bookshelf, where it makes an eye-catching decorative focus, and invites contemplation and discussion. Handmade in North Branford, Connecticut.

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magnet, walnut wood, mahogany wood, Maple, zebrawood, aircraft cable
12" L x 8" W x 4" H
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Michael Stromberg

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).

Visit the blog to learn more about Michael Stromberg and his magnetic art. collection

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      Bought this as a bday gift. The magnetic force drawing the 2 hands together is a pretty neat concept and got the bday boy's attention. but overall construction and quality were a bit cheap. the wood on the base didn't match the wood on the hands. Also the fingers were painted on the wood and didn't look real. Some carving for the fingers would've looked nicer instead of just a hand shaped pice of wood with painted fingers.

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