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I enjoy making Kinetic Sculptures.
This Art project is called "Big Drinking Bird."
Remember the little "Drinking Bird" toy?
Well, this one is over eight feet tall
and weighs a couple hundred pounds.
This hydraulic-powered kinetic sculpture was
built of welded steel; using half-inch and quarter-inch plate,
as well as sheetmetal for the hat and beak, and
four & five-inch diameter steel pipe for the neck.
Empty propane tanks were used for the head and body
and an old leaf-rake serves as the "tail feathers."
The hydraulic actuator was made of four-inch ABS pipe,
half-inch plastic tubing, and a small submersible pump.
Principle of operation:
As water is pumped through the plastic tubing
from the 55 gallon barrel into the ABS Actuator
pipe, the Bird becomes increasingly top-heavy.
This causes the Bird to tilt forward until the water spills
back into the barrel, where the cycle is repeated again.
Hatched at the |
San Jose State University
San Jose, California.