Designer Jung Soo Park’s first Kinetic Movement Study for his Transforming Chandelier is a wall-hanging sculpture. Taking the vernacular of a traditional chandelier, Jung flattening the structure to be "just recognizable of its shape." By exposing the mechanical geared parts for kinetic movement—driven by a small motor—"the overall design portrays a kind of dystopian luxury," comments Jung.
The contours of chandelier are controlled by six arms, propelling the shapes to move up and down as the gears spin the arms. Jung used Solidworks CAD software to choreograph the structure and simulate its motion; the size and positioning of the gears were modeled in computer in order to have the ability to modify the structure and it shape as the design progressed, changing the form to preclude pieces running into each other throughout their motion.
After the design was modeled, digital fabrication tools were used in its construction. All of the acrylic pieces were created flat using a laser cutter and were stacked to create elements such rails and stoppers in the structure to hold them all together.
The entire process was photographed and published on Instructables.com so that anyone who’s interested in making the project has access to it. A large part of the learning, Jung adds that "by sharing the work process and the digital files that were created in the process, people can become involved in the project and help advise its next steps."
Although this first prototype was not 100% successful—high friction impeded the motor to drive all the arms —Jung sees clear directions for reengineering the device. His next prototypes will incorporate springs to lighten up the weight load on the gears, thicker pieces for more strength, and Teflon for providing smoother movement. Design is iteration!.