The Abstract and Kinetic Sculpture; Stingray by Apical Reform strengthens the link between art, mathematics, mechanics, and electronics and is inspired by stingrays, one of the exciting creatures in nature. The installation respects the greatness of nature and seeks to capture the beauty and movement of stingrays in slow motion.
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Strong stingrays inspire this extraordinary for a collection of many countless movements. They seem to have slowed the motions of the stingray to separate each movement. In this sculpture and its wavy and expressive movement, there is an excellent homage to the powerful creature, the source of inspiration and nature. The movement and gesture in sculpture are emphasized slowly and effectively. While the hypnotic and trans movements of the stingray are under the influence of the audience, the reflective finish creates an incredible aesthetic.
For more than 4,000 years now, the enigmatic stingray has found itself symbolized in ritual and art, representative of the human search for the unseen. ‘Stingray’ is an abstracted artwork based on the undulating way in which the stingray fish swim. Although the idea to capture the ‘flying’ feel of the stingray’s movement in water was simple, the artwork remains one of the most demanding designs the studio has worked on in the past couple of years.
After more than 50 study models and two prototypes, ApicalReform created this symphony of cartilaginous metal ribs, polished to reflective perfection, and propelled by a complete synergy between art, mathematics, mechanics, and electronics. The interplay of the movement with light sources creates further subtle movements over and above the mesmerizing dance of the ribs. In the turbulent seas of life, ‘stingray’ assumes an expression of almost hypnotic purpose, transforming it into a powerful metaphor of mindfulness.
Photographs: Apical Reform