The interactive sculpture Night and Day in the North Woods was installed in the Children’s Hospital’s Palliative Clinic on September 28. The cabinet holds a diorama of a northern woods scene with a waterfall.
The sun and the moon rotate on the same wheel marking day and night, an owl sleeps in the day and comes to life at night while a bear disappears at night and reappears at the stream during the daytime. The waterfall and fish are on their own crank and can run at all times of the day or night.
The following are the concept drawings with finished photos and additional photos of the creative process.
Color concept drawing for an interactive sculpture for the Palliative Clinic at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis
Daytime in the North Woods
This concept drawing shows the nighttime scene in the North Woods.
Nighttime in the North Woods
Waves of the waterfall undulate as a multiple cam rotates as the crank is turned.
Cranks, pulleys and ratchet stop operate the waterfall and jumping fish.
Fitting the pieces together
Owl opens and closes his eyes.
Owl stretches his wings and sings
Bear Mechanism makes bear rise up and turn his head and then return to his hiding place.
Bear's mechanism gets a bit complicated.
Bear does downward dog.
Background gets a dark undercoat
Carved trees in the foreground
Brightening up the trees
Frames get blue milk paint
Frames laid out for paint
Painting the woods
Trying the frame on for size
Finished view at night.
Owl flaps his wings
Finishing touch in back corner
Gears are visible in back window.
A look inside
Owl wakes up at night.
Owl flaps his wings and hoots.
Bear appears when the sun is out.
Detail of Bear
Night and Day in the North Woods has two cranks. One turns the waterfall and the fish, the other turns the sun and moon which activate the bear and the owl.