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This wooden kinetic sculpture perfectly mimics a hummingbird

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This wooden kinetic sculpture perfectly mimics a hummingbird

Containing over 400 precisely machined gears, cams and other aesthetic elements, Derek Hugger’s latest kinetic sculpture, Colibri, mimics a hovering hummingbird. Although the flying movements are unmistakable, the structure has much more in common with a clock than a bird.

Every movement of the element is completely mechanized, from the wings flapping to the tail flaring. The intricate connection systems, gears and cams brings the sculpture to life with a steady stream of articulations meticulously timed. So each engine is associated with bird movement cycles by the simple turn of a crank. This project took about 700 hours to make.

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