wheel with images being turned by water

Sustainable Cinema No. 1: The Image Mill

Scott Hessels, 2009, steel, plexiglass, 2m diameter, © 2009, courtesy of the artist

Scott Hessels

Scott Hessels is an innovative sculptor and filmmaker whose work challenges us to explore the relationship between technology and the natural environment. In his Sustainable Cinema series, Hessels creates five cinematic machines that combine the earliest animation technologies with clean sources of power, including wind, water and bicycle power. These kinetic sculptures are time machines that transport us back to the origins of cinema, and then forward into our collective future, where clean energy is harnessed to support emerging technologies. Each sculpture in the series is a celebration of human ingenuity and a testament to our ability to live in harmony with nature through sustainable technologies. The moving images, which include a galloping horse, fluttering butterflies, and a bird in flight, are a reminder of the natural beauty that we must strive to protect.

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book with bookmark
inkblot in the form of insect with wolf profiles in negative space
image of mountain with reflection in lake
fist that grows into a tree
bicycle operated cinema machine

Sustainable Cinema No. 2: Lenticular Bicycle

Scott Hessels, 2014, steel, plexiglass, 2 m x 1 m x 1.5 m , © 2014, courtesy of the artist

windmill sculpture

Sustainable Cinema No. 3: Praxinoscope Windmill

Scott Hessels, 2011, steel, plexiglass, 2 m high, © 2011, courtesy of the artist

wind powered animation machine

Sustainable Cinema No. 4: Shadow Play

Scott Hessels, 2011, wood, fabric, steel, plexiglass, 4 m high, © 2011, courtesy of the artist

Windmill animation

Sustainable Cinema No. 5: Dual Windmill

Scott Hessels, 2011, steel, plexiglass, 2 m high, © 2011, courtesy of the artist

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