Some of you have been curious (and kind) enough to watch the docunentary film about the Highwoods Stringband. That band ended in 1978, and after that we all went on to other work, mostly involving music, which I understand. However, Bob Potts eventually created these incredible kinetic sculptures, which just absolutely amaze me. Hope you enjoy these videos: madgallery.net/geneva/en/creat...bob-potts
I watched some, didn't get time to watch too many yet...but wow, that's fascinating! is he some kind of engineer? He could be designing some type of robotic systems or something.
Very satisfying to watch. Thanks.
The beautiful sculptures sort of mirror the playing technique?... fluid natural, and rhythmic.
Edited by - pete_fiddle on 08/17/2019 10:15:35
Interesting thought, Pete. I guess as artists (and just as people) we always put our spirit into anything we create or do.
For many years, Bob worked building "audio kinetic" sculptures for fellow artist George Rhoads: georgerhoads.com/ These are a bit like arcade attractions - large, colorful, active and somewhat noisy. They are installed in public spaces like science museums, children's hospitals and transportation hubs. The last time I was in Bob's shop (years ago) he had one running in a sandbox to evaluate the balls. If they don't all have the same weight and balance the machine won't work properly, and if some left the rails he could see the spot where they landed to evaluate their weight.
I'm glad Bob got the chance to build his own work, which as you suggest probably reflects his own nature. Our band was a pretty interesting group of people, with various talents outside of music.
'Walter Mettal Violin Bow' 11 hrs
'Thinner necks' 16 hrs
'Just got a fiddle' 17 hrs
'Gustav Henning Violins' 1 day