Kinetic Sailboat Desktop Sculpture

This intriguing design by Michael Stromberg appears to float in midair using only the power of magnets.
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Michael Stromberg


Michael Stromberg created 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 using only the power of magnets. Rotating, wiggling, and shifting with a simple push, footsteps, or music, this interactive design lends a natural touch to traditionally mechanic kinetic art.

A calming sailboat silhouette lends nautical appeal, while the beautifully finished wood brings rustic beauty to your desktop. Keep it in your office or library as an eye-catching display of magnetic tension and handsome style. Handmade in Connecticut.

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


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Michael Stromberg

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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.

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Made from
magnet, walnut wood, zebra wood, cherry wood, black walnut, mahogany wood, Maple, aircraft cable
10.5" H x 9.5" W x 6" D
care: wipe with a damp cloth if necessary.
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