There is Always a Bigger Fish Kinetic Sculpture

There is Always a Bigger Fish was created by myself and 4 other students for our Introduction to Mechanical Prototyping mid-term project. There is Always a Bigger Fish is a visually compelling metaphor representing the daily struggles of the common man. The primary visual feature is a series of parallel discs, each containing an embedded acrylic fish. As the disks rotate, the fish appear to move, jumping out of the water and crossing in front of the moon, only to be consumed by a larger fish just before returning to the ocean. For this project I designed and fabricated the transmission. To complete the assignment we used a 3D printer, manual mill, lathe, laser cutter and plasma cutter. There is Always a Bigger Fish was honored with the Engineering Award at the midterm presentation.

Initial brainstorming drawing.