Gear System Sculpture

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Seeking inventive art forms from 3D printing, New York-based Proxy Design Studio is exploring what it means to be kinetic. The team’s mini, spherical sculptures are born out of an elaborate network of interlocking gears that create something operational. Using custom algorithms and high-tech modeling tools, they’ve generated an object on which users can spin any one of the 64 gears on the surface and watch the entire sphere’s skin begin to rotate. The shape is so porous—made simply of this system of gears—that it feels structurally impossible resting in your hands.