Using the huge pile of scrap metal and discarded objects surrounding his warehouse like art studio, artist Andrew Smith makes large, kinetic art pieces that perform for the viewer. He says his works rarely start with a definite plan, but as he bolts, welds and cuts, they grow with the spontaneous inspiration created by the random variety of objects he has on hand.
For more on his captivating work, see his website andrewsmithart.com
Below: An interview with the artist himself
Driving Force was displayed at the United States Patent and Trademark Office Museum, for the show Art of Invention, Invention of Art.
“Long Road Home”
“Torando II” uses a fan to re-circulate the air and a fountain mister (diffuser) to make fog, which creates a small tornado. This sculpture can be displayed with the door open or closed. A handle attached to an air control valve changes the dynamics of the tornado or “vortex”. With the valve open it creates a strong solid vortex, but with it closed the tornado comes and goes with small “snake” like movements.