Monday, March 3, 2008

Beautiful Machines

Arthur Ganson makes exquisite machines and mechanical art with titles like "Machine with African Porcupine Quills," and "Machine with Chinese Fan." He was recently honored with a permanent exhibit in the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

His work is subtle, philosophical and open to innumerable interpretations. Devoted pilgrims can glean all manner of truths about life and motion from his Rube Goldberg-like combinations of gears, motors, oil, and chains.

There aren't nearly enough videos of Ganson's work on the web. This delicate piece is called, accurately enough, "Machine With Wishbone."

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