This strange and wonderful item was manufactured by Kinetic Objects Inc. by the artist/owner/architect, Don Conard.
Kinetic Objects, Inc. was created by Don Conard who graduated from the University of Kansas in 1960 with a B.S. in architecture and engineering
After practicing architecture in Kansas, he moved to California in 1962. He worked with several architectural firms in San Francisco until 1968, when he opened Don Conard Mobiles, a kinetic sculpture gallery in Ghirardelli Square.
At the gallery, Don produced and sold his own kinetic art, as well as the work of other sculptors. He also founded Kinetic Objects, Inc., where he designed, developed and manufactured art objects.
Both companies closed in 1985.
Some have said that its purpose is to measure kinetic ability; it has a black ball at the top with a white dot to focus on.
The ball is attached to a wire with a series of bends which is then mounted to the center of a substantial block of wood.
Whatever its purpose might be, the fact remains that it is a wonderfully unique and beautiful kinetic sculpture.
Even the tiniest motion will cause the ball to sway and it takes quite a long time for it to become still again.
The original maker's sticker is still attached to the underside of the piece and reads "Tork&tm; Patent Pending Kinetic Objects, Inc., 5A Lovell Ave., San Rafael, Calif."
The black ball shows some wear and the wire exhibits a patina, though the piece remains in good vintage condition overall.
This sculpture will add a unique and interesting to touch to any collection.
Measurements: 13 3/4" tall (from bottom of base), 12" from bottom of wire to top of ball Base measures 5 ½" long, 5 ½" wide, 1 ¾" tall Weight: 1lb 5oz
Item ID: 5944
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