The Building of the Horse #5

in art •  last year 

Greetings Earthlings,

It has been a while, but time flies as they say. I have been constructing the mechanical effects for the Horse, and it is going well. I have also made some progress on fleshing out the upper part of the head.

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The ears and face plates are a big improvement over the earlier temporary parts. Moving ears were not part of the original plan, but I think they add a lot to the piece. For comparison, here is a close up of the head with the temporary ears and face front.

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The front leg motion is the most complicated effect the horse will have. I had to do some experimenting to figure out the crankshaft and the other components before building them.

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Getting the linkages and joints right to bend the leg properly at each joint was certainly an adventure, but I was happy with the results.

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While doing early tests on the legs I found that my shoulder joint required some reinforcement, so I added another bushing further in on the frame. Due to the outer support being welded in place, I had to do a two part bearing holder.

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Here is the leg mechanism installed.

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And last but certainly not least, here is a video of some of the mechanisms being tested:

This project was made possible in part by a grant from Burning Man Arts.

Thanks for reading!

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Hi Barry. This is amazing! I featured you in my latest post: https://steemit.com/art/@beinart/inspiring-artists-on-steemit

Love your work!

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Thank you! I will check out your post!

cooool I like it :D
Awesome mechanical work. I am deeply impressed.
Have a nice day!