Don MacLane

Don MacLane

Don MacLane

My work is interactive kinetic sculpture that invites you to explore and alter the rhythmic interplay between their moving parts. I am interested in the interaction between viewer and sculpture; the variation in motion patterns and the work’s relationship to its constraints. Exploration starts as the viewer pushes the piece for the first time then continues with successive pushes at different the initial angles and speeds. These changes result in variation in the rhythm as energy is transferred between the elements as they alternate between kinetic and potential energy states. Most pieces allow interaction on another level with provisions that allow the viewer to alter the frequency of one or more of the elements. For example, changing the length of a pendulum or curvature of a rocker will alter their natural frequency and change the piece’s pattern of motion.