A Spring Rain

An old meat grinder forms the base of this piece. The screw from the grinder has been converted into a worm, and a clover-leaf worm gear with four lobes turns a crank which causes the umbrella at the top of the machine to open and close. The umbrella has been reconfigured to open like a flower rather than an accordion, and it's cloth has been replaced with small petals made from ripstop nylon. There is a thin connection between the idea of the umbrella, and its function in the rain, and the idea of a flower blooming in spring, which I like.

This piece was made almost entirely from discarded materials found during my residency at Recology in San Francisco (I needed a couple metal bits to round out the mechanics).