New term for art: Sculptural Robotics

[Dan Roe] has been working on Sculptural Robotics for quite some time, and most recently presented his newest creation: Solar Flowers 2010. Typically, Sculptural Robotics (coined by [Dan] himself) are stand alone, static art presentations made from electronic components and wire. [Dan] of course has taken it quite a bit further; giving all his sculptures life using solar panels, motors, engine circuits, and more. Making them zero emission, and beautiful at the same time. You can catch four videos after the jump of his moving sculptures. Not that we’re picking favorites, but the dragonfly is pretty amazing if we do say so ourselves.


  1. therian says:

    What he tried to take credit for inventing BEAM robotics ?

  2. osgeld says:

    I like how he “went further” and made “Sculptural Robotics” that actually move

    It makes me want to get some new “Sculptural Robotics” cause the ones on my desk are not doing it for me anymore (you know the telephone and computer mouse)

  3. joe57005 says:

    i always cringe when i see good components wasted on “art,” at least on these installations the parts are actually doing something.

  4. Karl says:

    There’s something to be learned from how his trilobot manages to get unstuck when navagaiting over rocks with such simple wheels

  5. Nancy says:

    Some of his work is explicitly BEAM robotics–He’s not stealing credit, he cites Tilden all over the place and builds on the art and aesthetics side of BEAM. It’s all over his web site. Nice!

  6. Tech B. says:

    I thought the same thing, most of them look oddly like photopoppers.

    For more intuitive BEAM robots check out

  7. Nancy says:

    Here is Dan Roe on the BEAM wiki:

    He’s explicitly “a BEAMer.”

  8. Jon says:

    check out Jim Mullins site also

  9. strider_mt2k says:


    Thanks to HAD I’ve already built an inchworm-bot made of industrial scrap at work. (I provided the gear motor)

    I was totally planning on building a solar spinner to run off the ambient light at my work bench and boom! -there’s an article on HAD.

    I love this site!

  10. LadyCharis says:

    @ joe57005

    I agree with your comment, but a lot of the components used in ‘art’ are dead ones… for instance, everything /here/ ( is dead, but at least it has a second life as something pretty, and not gone to a landfill! :D

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 96,301 other followers