This kinetic artwork depicts a Sugar Maple Tree magically changing color as in nature by clock mechanism turning an aluminium wheel with stretched canvas displaying this trees wide spectrum of color from Summer through Autumn; emerald green→pear green→deep yellow→honey→orange→red→brown. = 12 hour cycle.

This sequence of color is printed on inkjet canvas and fixed to a wheel turning within the steel body, as the clock powered wheel slowly turns one color slowly filters into the next. The different hues of browns were created by heating the steel to certain temperatures combined with the use of solutions and abrasive techniques. The wild terrain with long grass complements the still blue of the water and vice versa. This deep blue was created by heating the steel to a higher temperature. 




How it's Made


The Steel - Aesthetics

Heating steel you will see it become iridescent in colour turning from light to dark brown, purple, blue, turquoise. I saw opportunity in creating landscapes this way by developing ways to layer different colour in producing scenery. Various techniques that affect the steels surface are used involving heat, scraping/sanding... A finish of clear lacquer is used to retain the colour and protect the surface.


The Steel - Mechanics - PATENT PENDING

0.6mm mild steel sheet was chosen primarily for it's suitability in being thin yet rigid. A drawing guides a CNC mill as it cuts out shapes in the steel. Bending brakes are used to bend the sheet at right angles and into a box like form. Each corner is pop riveted and supports a bracket with threaded hole, these holes align up with bolts attached to the corners of the clock mechanism plate, turning these wing bolts by hand(no tool needed) controls the angle and distance of the colour wheel to the scene for optimum performance.


The Colour Wheel - Aesthetics

Gradients and watercolour brushes in graphics software were used to create a soft filtering from one colour into the next. The colour change will occur at a different rate depending on the titled work. The colours are printed to fine art Giclée standards on archival inkjet canvas with pigment based inks. A clear Satin varnish is sprayed on the print for protection from U.V light, dust and moisture.


The Colour Wheel - Mechanics - PATENT PENDING

A high torque clock mechanism powered by a single AA battery turns a CNC milled aluminium wheel. The canvas is stretched over and then fixed to the wheel in a specific process. Fixings in the wheels centre and surrounding the rim ensure the canvas remains taut and protected from touching the steel. The wheel is securely connected to the clock mechanism hour shaft with a milled component and fixings.

Tree of Life


Dimensions ;   28cm x 28cm x 3.5cm /

                         inches; 11 x 11 x 1.38

       Weight ;    0.9 kg /

                         2 lb