What is Square Wave?

Still images of the Square Wave kinetic mobile

Square Wave kinetic artwork by Kinetrika

Square Wave Metallic Silver

Square Wave is art with purpose. In this introductory post, we will sum up everything you need to know about this hypnotic new object all the things that Square Wave can be used for.

What is kinetic art?

Kinetic art is a term that most often refers to three-dimensional sculptures and figures in motion. The word kinetic finds its origins in the ancient Greek word “kinesis” meaning motion or the act of motion. Kinetic artworks can be made of any medium and they can be activated by diverse methods of force: they can be tactile and interactive, machine operated, but they can also rely solely on gravity or move naturally by the power of the wind. 

The original large-scale art piece by Ivan Black

The original large-scale art piece by Ivan Black

How was Square Wave born?

Square Wave was originally a meticulously designed, larger-scale art installation created by British sculptor Ivan Black. He began making sculptures at an early age, motion quickly becoming the body his work, adding another dimension of complexity to his experiments. Ivan Black’s work uses a series of unique mechanisms to create moving sculptures. Energy is channelled into Black’s works through anything from the interaction of the viewer to the natural power of blowing wind and the targeted use of gravity. Designed in the UK by artist Ivan Black…. and each on of those is handmade one by one, Square Wave combines iconic natural forms with mathematical formulae. Each bend and curl of the material is precisely calibrated to create a seamlessly integrated mechanism.( mabye we should explain here that our smaller version is a collab with Ivan so that everyone could enjoy it?)

Square Wave is the result of extensive prototyping and iterations. Tiny handmade tweaks and adjustments were made in order to find the smoothest balance between the weight and length of each metal rod. The second step was converting this artisanal method into a replicable process. In order to do so, we relied on world-class artisans, with decades of experience. Square Wave is assembled by hand, making each one unique. 

Stunning electrifying Illusions 

Square Wave kinetic piece is served to demonstrate the beauty of the ‘divine proportion’, known better as the golden ratio. The spinner is made up of 21 carefully intertwined metal rods which curve and warp at their own whim. One simple twist of a hand can bring the structure to life. The repetition of identical elements is calibrated to create complex fluid structures. The attention to detail and craftsmanship in each Square Wave makes it a long-lasting interactive art piece.

Square Wave in Electric Blue and Eclipse Bronze colors

Square Wave installation in Electric Blue and Eclipse Bronze colors

Perfect simplicity and modern design

Square Wave was originally created as an artistic sculpture long before it was considered to be a relaxing, mind focusing dynamic kinetic spinner.  When not in use, it adds an element of elegance to any style interior whether it be modern, classic or vintage. Its beauty is timeless and it never seems out of place. You can hang it from the ceiling as kinetic sculpture or play with it whenever you feel like it. Its gorgeous geometry makes it a truly unique mobile piece.

Interior design concept with Square Wave sculpture

Interior design concept with Square Wave Eclipse Bronze sculpture

Timeless Elegance that blends in with any environment

Square Wave is a beautifully designed work of art and is a perfect accent for every room. Its beauty is timeless and it never seems out of place. You can admire it in a statuesque standing position, or hang it from the ceiling as a revolving sculpture. Square Wave is made of high quality chrome-plated steel and is treated for both indoor and outdoor environments. You can hang it from the old oak tree in the garden or use it as a wind sculpture by the porch, this kinetic sculpture is made to last.

Square Wave is a kinetic spinner that is easy to use and fun for every age

Square Wave is a kinetic spinner that is easy to use and fun for every age

Relax your mind and get some distraction

Square Wave is a relaxing pendant or stress aid that will make your mind circle back. Our sculpture is a modern take on mandalas and stress relief objects. Use it as a soothing kinetic art piece to play with or simply observe for hours. It’s inherently intuitive to use! Square Wave is the perfect tool when it comes to helping us relax, daydream or reflect on life. Spinning it will give you instant stress relief, a calm sensation that will help to find your balance again. Use this sculpture to inspire everyday inner peace, or to complete your meditation practices with it.

An unique gift idea both for Him and Her

Square Wave comes in an elegant, black finished packaging

The perfect surprise for a design lover: Square Wave comes in a stylish and  tasteful black packaging

Each Square Wave is handmade and delivered with an elegant, black finished packaging, making it a thoughtful gift, both original and unexpected. Square Wave is a rare example of stunning design and a unique present for that hard to buy for person who already has everything.

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