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13" x 35" x 13"

I built this piece in 1992 and refurbished it in 2018. It perhaps demonstrates early indications of my own "whim of steel." Despite its whimsy it presented some interesting engineering challenges. For instance, because the motor travels with the mechanism, the current had to go through a rotating electrical connection. And yes, I really did make the roller chain out of tin cans!

The butterfly represents an end result of the great operational machinery of Nature. The monarch is an example of the fragility, underlying strength, and playful nature of Life on Earth.


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