Grace & Gears: Kinetic Sculpture of Bob Potts

Kinetic sculpture is quite visibly beautiful as it features the element of movement. American Artist Bob Potts is considered brilliant at his craft, and his many intricate sculptures tell the story. 

“The grace and form of all living things and the way they interact leaves me in awe,” the sculptor remarked. That is when the inspired artist reaches for his pallet “consisting of gears, cranks, sliders, levers, links, etc. to create kinetic sculptures,” he said.

Potts has become famous in the art world and admits he had a late start. It wasn’t until the artist turned 69-years-old that he marked his first solo exhibition. That is really alright with the gifted sculptor because patience is something required in creating his magnificent pieces. In fact, it can take Potts up to one year or longer to finish one sculpture. He creates these pieces in a one-man workshop housed in a 1850s barn. 

Some of the different art media he uses to make these one-of-a-kind sculptures include aluminum, brass, copper, stainless steel, bronze, and wood. He uses the techniques he learned from carpentry, and he also enjoys going “dumpster diving” to find materials that others have tossed away. 

Creating art is hard work, but Potts also takes pride in watching how each piece develops its beginning, middle, and end. Sometimes, the sculpture takes on a life of its own. 

“It is very rewarding to see a piece grow and evolve. Is art not the reflection of the evolution of the artist?” 

Those who enjoy Potts’s kinetic sculpture find the movements of these artworks graceful, from nature and minimalist in their essence. His work has been compared to the movement on the oars of a boat to the flight of birds. 

The natural rhythmical movements of all creatures inspire him to keep creating.

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