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Scarecrows and Kinetic Sculpture

An overview of kinetic sculpture (and toys) and its practical applications (as scarecrows).
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Keith Rosko

on 30 September 2014

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Transcript of Scarecrows and Kinetic Sculpture

The Scarecrow KINETIC SCULPTURE A scarecrow is, essentially, a decoy.
Traditionally, it is a human figure (or mannequin)
dressed in old clothes and placed in fields by farmers
to discourage birds such as crows or sparrows from disturbing and
feeding on recently cast seed and growing crops The Scarecrow Kinetic Sculpture is sculpture that uses energy, or movement, sound or light (or a combination of these) as primary
design elements. KINETIC
SCULPTURE Theo Jansen was born in 1948, in the Netherlands.
He developed an aptitude for both physics and art,
and studied physics at the University of Delft.
While at Delft, Jansen was involved in many projects
that involved both art and technology. The Scarecrow frightens off animals
by using initially the human form, but as animals adjust, farmers need to rely on primarily movement, noise or light. If the term “kinetic sculpture” is applied in its widest sense
(as anything created by man that uses energy),
then we are surrounded by it – and have been since early man first began to use nature as a tool.







If we are to consider these objects as kinetic art...
why not make them beautiful
as well as functional? EXAMPLE ? The Singing Tree Kinetic Rain Theo Jansen JTheo Jansen has been creating wind-walking
examples of artificial life since 1990.
At first, very basic machines, they have slowly evolved
into a generation of machines that are able to
react to their environment. Rooster Rings http://www.strandbeest.com Connections... Some related kinetic sculpture...
commonly thought of as...

TOYS http://www.zerotoys.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Offset=0&Category_Code=PRODUCTS Kinetic Sculpture is sculpture that uses energy.Light, sound, movement etc.Scarecrows use kinetics to frighten animals from crops (animals adjust to static images). Create a figure, either Harvest or Scarecrow, that is well designed, unique and is expressive.
You should construct with sculptural principles and theory in mind.

Size, theme and materials are open to interpretation.

The form should be self supporting.

The piece must be “kinetic”.

The figures will be graded in competition and grades will be based on the following criteria…

Sound construction and craftsmanship

aesthetics and overall appearance

creative use of materials

originality of concept (in idea or execution) sound, movement
and light... movement and sound... STYLE (minimalism)... STYLE (mood)... STYLE (use of materials)...
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