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Aug 14, 2019 - 5:07:17 PM
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9412 posts since 12/2/2007

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:

Aug 14, 2019 - 5:44:22 PM



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Aug 15, 2019 - 5:27:52 AM

10626 posts since 9/23/2009

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.

Aug 17, 2019 - 8:02:12 AM

5681 posts since 8/7/2009

Very satisfying to watch. Thanks.

Aug 17, 2019 - 10:12:54 AM
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1287 posts since 4/6/2014

The beautiful sculptures sort of mirror the playing technique?... fluid natural, and rhythmic.

Edited by - pete_fiddle on 08/17/2019 10:15:35

Aug 18, 2019 - 3:34:52 PM



9412 posts since 12/2/2007

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: 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.

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