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Kinetic Sculpture "Aurora"


Aurora is a continuously changing work of art, and words can scarcely explain how the observer gets drawn under its spell. For this reason, you should absolutely take a peek at the Video below. You'll get really enthused and flip out with the endless dance of the Wings and the kaleidoscope-like ever changing patterns. Just like with the 'Northern Lights' - the Aurora Borealis - my Aurora will also enthrall all spectators with the ever changing kaleidoscope patterns and their hypnotic effect.

I am not selling Aurora as a finished work of art, but only as digital plans. But, in addition to the plans, you are going to need the Spring too! And, you can unfortunately only get the Spring from me. Aurora can only function with the Spring.


Operating Principle

Aurora is just driven by a Spring, which runs for 4 to 5 hours at a time. The control feature is governed by two 'Pawls', which exert the spring-drive pressure onto the Wings just at the right moment. The construction of this unique set of mechanics was quite a challenge, I can tell you, but it was worth the attempt in the end.

Woodworking Plans

The plans include detailed assembly drawings, a step by step guide with easy to understand 3d pictures, a materials list and drawings of all parts in original size.

The wings of Aurora are drawn in two different sizes. So you can build your Aurora with an outside diameter of 60 centimeters (24") or 90 centimeters (36"). In the video you can see the big version with 90 centimeter (36") outside diameter.

Because of the dimensions, quite a lot of fretwork is going to be necessary to build Aurora. The components are designed in such a way, that you can work them with a my CNC router Solidis (with a 300 x 300 mm work face) or with a larger CNC machine.

The plans are completely in English and German. Dimensions are indicated in metric (mm). At the end of the plans, there is of course a conversion table for the inch dimensions of all the gauges of the wooden components and the drill holes.


Owners of a CNC machine can get the dxf file free-of-charge from me, after the purchase of the plans.