A while ago I was won over by the incredible mechanical sculptures of Conrad Shawcross at the Victoria Miro Gallery in London. At first I was struck by the sound and violence of their constant swirling motions. I saw the piece below, which is called Binary Star, 2006 (mixed media 9m in diameter).
Shawcross has become famous in the last for years for his interests in art, science and philosophy. Saying of his work, 'These often complex works incorporate mechanized systems that appear functional yet have no useful application in the real world. They remain intriguing and compelling to the viewer, demonstrating intellectual rigour, technical dexterity and an intense sense of drama.' Fair enough. They are pretty awesome.