© Petra Vargová, 2019

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Tail, Dynamic Sculpture (2008)

material: neoprene hose, servo, microcontroller

dimensions: 210 cm (82.7 inch)

 


The behavior of the sculpture was inspired but not determined by the behavior of animals' tails, especially big cats' tails. To these animals the tail is a navigation device used to balance the body in high-speed motion but also an endlessly moving body part which sometimes seems to be acting quite independently and randomly.  

I developed a movement language, causing Tail's appearance and behavior to change over time. Sometimes it is still (frozen) for a couple of seconds, sometimes it moves around its base dynamically.