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Aesthetics and Engineering: Art by David C Roy

A kinetic wood wall sculpture that spins through its own momentumAztec

A woodworker currently based in Ashford, Connecticut, David C. Roy creates works that are feats of aesthetics and engineering. His kinetic wood sculptures are able to spin through their own momentum for many hours.


Each of Roy’s sculptures rely on a spring that slowly releases energy, keeping them spinning like wind-up toys. This means the energy is fully kinetic and requires no batteries or plugs – Roy’s sculptures are an environmentally friendly celebration of physics and geometric patterns.




Aesthetically, Roy’s sculptures keep the original earthy colour of the wood itself, sometimes using darker wood-toned stains. The mechanism of the sculpture is visible, creating an oddly steampunk sort of look. The curved designs that Roy frequently employs mean that the sculptures have a rippling, organic feeling to them, something like the sci-fi flowers of Choe U-Ram


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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