Ad Hoc Boogie
This machine hops up and down as though trying to take off, but never quite leaving the ground. The base is a purple bowling ball, emerging from which is a light structure with a copy-machine fan on top. A sail made from a patchwork of discarded kites, attached to a series of bent hanger rods, hangs from the structure. A rubber foot at the bottom of the hanger-leg begins the cycle by pressing a switch embedded in the bowling ball. This activates the fan, which blows the sail, raising the leg away from the switch. The fan turns off, the sail comes down, and the foot strikes the switch again, over and over.
This piece was made almost entirely from discarded materials found during my residency at Recology in San Francisco (I had to buy a couple circuitry compnonents to round out the electronics).