Take a moment to prepare as Anthony Howe takes us on a little adventure into possibility…

Are we going to space? Are we heading to the deep sea? Where are we going?

Well, start with this and then I will tell you…

This is the fascinating work of kinetic sculptor Anthony Howe. His pieces, inspired by nature, breathe in the environment, moving within it as if they are a new life form. And are they? One of the definitions of “life” includes the capacity for reproduction, functional activity, continual change, reaction to stimuli, and the ability to impact its surroundings. Four out of five is pretty close! Take a look at this mesmerizing marvel:

Here is Howe discussing his work, inspiration, and process for The Creator’s Project

Want one more fascinating kinetic sculpture….

Anthony Howe’s work embodies what it means for art not to just exist in the world, but live with it. They react to stimuli and impact their surroundings, just like we do. Maybe that’s why this kind of art is so compelling. The environment is what brings these sculptures to life.

Even if you don’t see yourself as “an art person” maybe the right kinds of art just haven’t come your way yet.

When most of us see the work of kinetic artists like Anthony Howe, Theo Jansen, or Susumu Shingu, we are reminded of how art can make us aware of our surroundings in a whole new way. If we take the time to be open to a striking painting on a wall, it can give us pause. The crescendo of an orchestra can take our breath away if we can slow down enough to let it soak in. An imposing piece of architecture can make us question our own stature and place in the world.

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Or, in the case of the work of these kinetic artists, sculpture can help us to realize the greater environmental systems we are constantly a part of.

No matter the circles you travel in, take a minute to check out those two other links  Theo Jansen, or Susumu Shingu. Then decide if you have a spark of artistic wonder!

-Liesl
“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”-Victor Borge

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Notes:

  1. Howe, Anthony. “A Window at Barneys.” YouTube. Anthony Howe, 13 Nov. 2014. Web. 26 Oct. 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gC98mNm7no>.
  2. “Anthony Howe’s Otherworldly Kinetic Sculptures.” YouTube. The Creators Project, 16 Aug. 2013. Web. 26 Oct. 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RshSaF_juGs>.
  3. Howe, Anthony. “Neptune’s Nugget.” YouTube. Anthony Howe, 14 Apr. 2014. Web. 26 Oct. 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfnIqG4Tlws>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

COO Ever Widening Circles

Liesl is a camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often floundering—yoga lover. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV