Escapement: Kinetic Sculpture II

  • This sculpture investigated a self regulating system in the form of an escapement mechanism. 
  • A model of a clock escapement made using scrap materials found around the shop. The main gear is the cooling fan from an old angle grinder and is being spun by the downward force of a weight (padlock). The swinging pendulum creates a ratcheting action that slowly allows the main gear to turn. This mechanism is responsible for counting the passing of seconds on older clocks.