Hommage á Duchamp, Tinguely, et Ganson:
The wheel rotates continuously about its hub while the fork rotates about
the bicycle steering axis, driven by the six-toothed pinion engaging the
internal gear (finishing nails) on the stool top. Two commutator (slip) rings
under the stool top provide the required 110volt power to a 60rpm synchronous
motor- thus the wheel can be started in either direction.
The Chocolate Grinder harks from Duchamp's painting of the same name and
both it and the Scissors are elements in The Large Glass.
The Chocolate Grinder drums are "driven" by the rotation of the pinion
sheave- its axial "cap" in counter rotation- and the Scissors are activated by
a small crank on the motor shaft.
As the wheel turns the fractured Nude endlessly "Descends" her Staircase.
View VIDEO clips.
Designed and built by W.C.Atkinson (2005)
For background material see:
MoMA (what my daughter requested),
Jean Tinguely, and