Dip, Sparkle, Turn, Pull, Repeat, 38″x40″x72″, plexi and electronics on wooden plynth

Almost all the materials for this sculpture were purchased in Chinatown. I bought these gems from some magical stone shops on Walker and Center streets. When I buy them the lady there always tells me “Good luck!”

This is the board I put together to run the mechanisms. It’s an Atmega328 with Arduino bootloader. Then some relays to run the motors. If you’re curious about the code, here is it.

This is the bottom gem that flickers when the other gem is raised to its highest.

This thing was so hard to document. Hopefully this video makes it a little more clear what it is. It goes up, it goes down, it spins around, and then I programmed it to do a few little tricks every now and again.