String Fountain

January 26th, 2015

String Fountain by Paolo Salvagione

“String Fountain” is a kinect sculpture by Paolo Salvagione.

String Fountain by Paolo Salvagione

The challenge, how does one present 50’s synchronized swimming, or water works like the Bellagio fountain in Las Vegas, without water. Pushing string with a motor is not a new idea. Adding servo motors and a microcontroller to create automated and interactive installation is what I was looking to do during my residency at Autodesk’s new facility on Pier 9.

The Pier 9 Artists in Residence program gives artists, makers, and fabricators a chance to work with us in our digital fabrication workshops at Autodesk. Our artists explore, create, and document cutting-edge projects, and share them with the DIY community.

That’s why you can find an Instructable to build one element of the String Fountain here.

String Fountain by Paolo Salvagione

String Fountain by Paolo Salvagione

String Fountain by Paolo Salvagione

You can see the sculpture in this video.

Here you can see one element of the sculpture in detail.

found at prosthetic knowledge

Pulse Machine

June 19th, 2012

“Pulse Machine” is an electromechanical sculpture made by Alicia Eggert and Alexander Reben.

This electromechanical sculpture was ‘born’ in Nashville, Tennessee on 2 June 2012, at 6:18 PM. It has been programmed to have the average human lifespan of babies born in Tennessee on that same day: approximately 78 years. The kick drum beats its heartbeat (at 60 beats per minute), and the mechanical counter displays the number of heartbeats remaining in its lifetime. An internal, battery-operated clock keeps track of the passing time when the sculpture is unplugged. The sculpture will die once the counter reaches zero.

Time Print Machine

August 4th, 2011

Time Print Machine by Paul Ferragut is a printing system using felt pen on blotting paper. The felt-pen ink bleed in the paper for a duration relative to the grey value of a pixel. Every “time stain” gradually recreates any images in a pointillist style. The aim of this project is to emphasize the making process, it can take 20 hours to print one color on a A2 paper.

Tele-Present Water

July 8th, 2011

Tele-Present Water by David Bowen.

This installation draws information from the intensity and movement of the water in a remote location. Wave data is being collected in real-time from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data buoy Station 46246 (49°59’7″ N 145°5’20” W) on the Pacific Ocean. The wave intensity and frequency is scaled and transferred to the mechanical grid structure installed at The National Museum in Wroclaw, Poland. The result was a simulation of the physical effects caused by the movement of water from this distant location.

found at


June 23rd, 2011

I really have a sweet spot for drawing machines. Sandy Noble developed his own version: the Polargraph. He was heavily inspired by Hektor, the spraycan robot, but also by the AS200 drawbot and Harvey Moon’s drawing machine. I really like the style of the drawings, which is probably defined by the dual-polar coordinates the system uses internally.
I guess it’s no surprise that he used an arduino board and processing to build the Polargraph.

found at triangulation blog

DataBot Mouse

June 17th, 2011

DataBot Mouse is very interesting experiment by Jan Barth and Roman Grasy. They’ve developed a computer mouse which can give data physical properties, to make the communication/interaction between man and data more human and easier to understand.

The mouse is able to communicate three different properties of data. It can show you the weight of files and folders, by braking with different force, according to the file-size. Or you can set a custom weight for files, just like the color marking function in MacOSX. So you can find important files more easily.
The third property, the mouse can show you, is the activity of files and folders. By “breathing” with different intervals, it shows how much a file was opened or how busy a folder has been recently.

It was developed with vvvv and arduino.


March 17th, 2011

Here’s another project by Mark Beasley: Icemelt. An arduino and CRT monitor powered off of a 12v car battery. The arduino measures the voltage of the battery as it entropies and draws a corresponding ice cube on the CRT.  As the battery dies the ice cube melts until the battery looses the capacity to power either device. You can watch a video of it here.

found at I like this Art

The Future Piggy Bank

March 10th, 2011

“The Future Piggy” Bank is project made by Wang Chao, Maggie Kuo, and Jordi Parra, at the Umeå Institute of Design, in Sweden. In just a few days, they made this mock-up of piggy bank that accepts credit cards. By using very simple components like an arduino board, a sensor and an iphone as a display, they were able to create a piggy bank which behaves like a Tamagotchi. If you don’t feed it with a credit card it will become sad and the other way around. Very nice work!

found at Co.Design


February 2nd, 2011

Robo-Rainbow is one of Akay his “Instruments of Mass Destructions”, a.k.a. “complicated technical solutions to aide in simple acts of vandalism”.

Credit Synthesis

May 6th, 2010

Credit Synthesis by Jonathan Vingiano is a sculpture which interprets magnetically stored data and translates it into a brief melody.