Option #7—Kinetic Sculpture (For individuals or groups of 2) Description A work of art can “change” depending on how it is displayed, the light in which it is viewed, or even its age. However, some art—kinetic art—is designed to change based on a movement created by a stimulus, like wind or a motor. For this option, you will create a kinetic environmental sculpture, a piece of art made largely of recycled materials that moves or changes based on variations in an abiotic environmental factor (wind, heat, light, water). Project Requirements Research an artist (or 2 artists if working in a group of 2) who worked in kinetic art (preferably pieces that are responsive to abiotic environmental factors), land art, or environmental sculpture. Write a short (up to one page, 12pt font, double-spaced) biography of the artist and a description and opinion of one selected work. Using at least 75% reused/recycled materials (provide one-paragraph documentation/description of the recycled content), create a piece of kinetic sculpture. The sculpture must change or move in response to stimulus from an abiotic environmental factor as well as be aesthetically compelling and interesting. The sculpture must be self-supported, safe, weigh no more than 40 pounds, and should be no larger than a space measuring 3.0 x 3.0 x 3.0 feet. Entries will be judged at a Challenge Art Show on April 19th, so you must be able to transport/display your piece. Write a short (up to one page, 12pt font, double-spaced) artist’s statement for your work. This statement should provide insight into why you created what you did: how you were inspired and your thoughts process in conceptualizing the project. The artist’s statement should also include a description of your piece and the information about the process of construction. Judging Criteria Sculptures will be judged on artistry, originality, creativity, technical ability, appeal, and clarity and thoughtfulness of the accompanying description and bio. Special Conditions Individuals or small groups of students are invited to visit the kinetic sculptures at The Huntington, including Sounding Sculpture by Harry Bertoia, and Ned Kahn’s creations for the Children’s Garden. To make arrangements, contact us at <challenge@Huntington.org>. Schools submitting entries for judging must be ready to transport and display their work for Challenge Art Show on April 19, 2011. Entry setup will occur between 9:30am to 11:00am; judging will begin at 11:00am. At the end of the Challenge Art Show, pieces and related material must be removed from the site. Selected submissions will be displayed temporarily on the grounds of the Huntington Botanical Gardens. If your piece has special requirements or considerations for display, please contact us at <challenge@Huntington.org>. We will attempt to accommodate when possible. Submittal Requirements Submit: One-page artist bio and opinion piece; documentation of recycled content; artist’s statement; kinetic sculpture transported to the Huntington for display on April 19, 2011. Maximum possible points: 100 points/student Sculpture and written components due on Monday, April 4. Turn them in to Mrs. Snyder in room 205.
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