Explanation of the Elements of the Kinetic Sculptures
The Balanced-Earth kinetic sculptures can be suspended or wall-mounted. I have made forms with any number of vessels, the maximum has been eight… so far! Really this is not the limit as it weighed less than 3 kg, the only constraint was the room size. Commissions welcome.
Each vessel lifts out of it’s frame. Every frame and vessel can be moved as they unhook from the stainless steel branch. The ease of assembling the elements of the Balanced-Earth kinetic sculpture can enable creating an individual form. Perhaps over time. Starting with a single or pair of vessels in their frame, then adding another branch and framed vessel later. When a plant grows and the balance alters, it’s position can be changed.
The sculpture will move freely. A breeze through a window may move one vessel, this will move another and a chain of movement begins.
When naming the sculptures in 2020, I gave each the name of a bird on the BTO/RSPB red list as the species is globally threatened. This reflects my concern about species decline due to environmental change.
There are Curlews too, which are free-standing.
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Paper pulp vessels and recycled material frames
The vessels are made from paper pulp and other ingredients (read more). The recipe used produces rigid vessels which are “micro-porous”, water will evaporate through the wall of the vessel if not absorbed by the plant (like unglazed terracotta plant pots). My oldest paper-pulp vessels are two years old, still solid and suspended holding plants. They are not designed to degrade like mass produced paper pulp pots.
The vessels sit within frames. These are circular and are either bands or discs. They are made from recycled and upcycled materials. Each material has it’s story which is explained in Green Earth Balance (click on above link).
Trailing succulents and other houseplants
The plants in the images of the Balanced-Earth mobiles are mostly trailing succulents or compact rather that ones which grow tall (these are most likely to over-balance). Tradescantia and begonia trailing houseplants are looking good in our vessels.
The vessels are empty for you to fill with your own plants, although a soil mix is supplied.
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