Composition No. 6: Piano Hammer (2014)

  • Plywood, Balsa Wood, Wooden Dowels, Sand Paper
     
    This kinetic object is a response to Arthur Ganson's "Cory's Yellow Chair" and "Machine with Chair" by appropriating an assigned object, which in this case is a piano hammer. The product is a self-destructive machine which wears away with its continuous use, emphasizing on the idea of absurdity and attempting to find an aesthetic value in non-sensicality.
     
    Having the word composition in the title also alludes to the idea of a classical music arrangement. This adds an aural and musical layer to the identity of the object; activating the object is thus equivalent to performing a sort of musical arrangement.
  • A short film of the kinetic object
  • Eventually the machine will be non-functional, and all that remains from it will be the structure and the wood dust produced by the sanding of the hammer.
  • Details of gear, made manually using compass, ruler, drill press, and bandsaw
  • Mechanism of the hammer
  • Sanding off of the hammer
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  • Preliminary Studies
  • Prior to making the kinetic object, we have to create an accurate replica which is double the size of our assigned object. Given wood as the limitation of the assignment, I use different kind of wood to suggest different materiality of the piano hammer. For an example, I used balsa to replicate the softer parts of the hammer, and walnut for the metallic parts.
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    Here are the preliminary sketches for the piano hammer
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    Here are the preliminary sketches for the machine
  • Composition No.1 and 2
  • Composition No.3
  • Composition No. 4
  • Composition No. 5