Carapace is a kinetic sculpture created and designed by Derek Hugger of a swimming sea turtle which consists of over 600 parts expanding his range of kinetic sculptures which meticulously blend art with engineering. Check out the video below to learn more about Derek’s latest sculpture in his portfolio of kinetic art.
Plans to build your very own kinetic sculpture are now available to purchase priced at $99. “Carapace is a wooden kinetic sculpture that simulates the motion of a sea turtle swimming. A complex series of mechanisms allows Carapace to swim up and down, tilt forward or back, and even lift its head up for a breath of air. As each mechanism is carefully linked to the next, each of Carapace’s flowing motions are driven by turning a single crank.”
“With over six hundred parts, simply choosing which part of Carapace to look at is nearly as challenging as figuring out how the sculpture works. Its motions are generated from a densely packed stack of Peaucellier mechanisms, synchronizing gears, hypocycloid reducers, and plenty of cams and linkages.
Carapace’s unique swimming motions are the result of hundreds of parts working together in unison. These motions are generated from carefully thought-out timing mechanisms that allow each moving part to operate independently and without undue influence from the other moving parts.”
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