Painter and sculptor Anthony Howe does the impossible: he creates delicate and seemingly fluid pieces of art with the rigid raw material of stainless steel. These incredibly detailed kinetic sculptures are built in Howe's remote workshop on Orcas Island near Washington.
As Howe describes his work: "Kinetic sculpture resides at the intersection of artistic inspiration and mechanical complexity. The making of one of my pieces relies on creative expression, metal fabrication, and a slow design process in equal parts."
The sculptures are big—Howe has made pieces that weigh as much as 1600 pounds, and others that are 25 feet tall—which makes their seemingly effortless and flowing movement even more impressive. The artist adds music and lights to the works, then films and shares short, hypnotizing videos on YouTube. As you can see, each sculpture contains numerous elements that rotate around an axis point. They're powered by either the wind or gear motors.
Howe writes on his website that he tests the endurance of each piece himself for an extended period of time to make sure it can withstand the stress of wind and others elements. He is not currently taking commissions, but he does periodically add works to his website after the testing stages have been completed. Those on his waiting list are given the opportunity to purchase them first. The sale of In Cloud Light III (above) is pending, but you can daydream about owning Switchback ($45,000), or My Father's Influence ($65,000).
Or you can just enjoy his many mesmerizing YouTube videos above and below.
Banner image via YouTube.