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Barton Rubenstein

​Barton Rubenstein is a highly respected artist and sculptor known for his significant contributions to public art. He has completed over 100 public art projects spanning various countries, from urban cityscapes and state parks to corporate headquarters, commercial spaces, academic campuses, and private homes.

He explores motion through mechanical and natural means. Rubenstein incorporates engineering, environmentalism, and aesthetics into his sculpture. He continuously explores the possibilities of movement, viewer interaction, and the fusion of technology and art, demonstrating the endless possibilities of dynamic expression.

Rubenstein's work is deeply inspired by the natural world, evident in his water, wind kinetic, and suspended sculptures. Each genre allows him to explore and interpret nature's inherent beauty and raw power through his artistic lens.

"As an artist, I am driven by the potential to enrich someone's life, alleviate stress, or simply elicit a smile. My goal in creating art is to initiate a cascade of positive interactions, the thought of which brings me immense joy and fulfillment

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Wind Kinetic Sculptures

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Water Sculptures

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Vertical Sculptures in Suspension

The Work

Kinetic sculpture

Kinetic sculpture, an art form integrating movement, has evolved from ancient mechanical devices to sophisticated, interactive installations. Early influences include Renaissance automata, while the 20th century formalized kinetic art with pioneers like Naum Gabo and Alexander Calder, who explored motion through mechanical and natural means. The movement expanded with technological advances, incorporating electronics and digital elements, leading to contemporary works by artists like Theo Jansen and Reuben Margolin, who blend engineering, environmentalism, and aesthetics. Kinetic sculpture's development reflects a continuous exploration of movement, viewer interaction, and the fusion of technology and art, demonstrating the endless possibilities of dynamic expression.

Water sculpture

Water sculpture, an art form that uses water as its principal medium, traces its origins to ancient civilizations where fountains and aquatic designs were integral to gardens and public spaces, symbolizing power, religious beliefs, and aesthetic values. In the Renaissance, artists and architects like Gian Lorenzo Bernini advanced the art form, creating elaborate fountains in Rome that combined sculpture, architecture, and water engineering to dramatic effect. The 20th century saw a shift towards integration with modernist and contemporary art movements, with artists like Isamu Noguchi and Jean Tinguely incorporating water into kinetic sculptures to explore its fluid dynamics, reflective qualities, and sensory impacts. Today, water sculpture encompasses a broad range of practices, from public fountains and environmental art to interactive installations, continuing to captivate by merging the elemental beauty of water with artistic expression.

Wind sculpture

Wind sculpture, an art form harnessing the natural force of wind, has ancient roots in cultures worldwide, seen in wind chimes, banners, and mobiles. However, its formal recognition emerged in the 20th century with artists like Alexander Calder pioneering kinetic art, creating delicate, balanced mobiles that respond to air currents. In the mid-20th century, Jean Tinguely furthered the exploration of wind's influence by constructing large-scale, self-propelled sculptures that critiqued modern society's mechanization. As the century progressed, artists like George Rickey and Theo Jansen expanded the boundaries of wind sculpture, utilizing advanced materials and engineering to create dynamic, interactive installations that reflect the ever-changing nature of wind and challenge perceptions of static art. Today, wind sculpture continues to evolve with contemporary artists integrating technology and sustainability into their designs, demonstrating the enduring fascination with capturing the ephemeral beauty and power of wind through artistic expression.

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