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SWARM is a three piece sculpture comprised of 300 aluminum birds in flight. Each swarm is suspended from a fake ceiling with cables that are attached to gears and electric motors. Each swarm will undulate and oscillate in an infinite combination of movement, and together the three swarms will alternate dynamic patterns creating the visual effect of asymmetrical flock behavior. Like an unscripted dance, the birds move to their own rhythm, surging and rolling, manipulating the space around them. Colorful lighting effects refracted from the aluminum birds, add to the mesmerizing kinetic movement.

They will be flying at the new Meow Wolf  Arts space in Santa Fe, opening in the Spring of 2016.

The inspiration came from theories of collective intelligence, swarm intelligence, superorganisms and the emergence theory.

SWARM: behaviour is a collective behaviour exhibited by entities, particularly animals, of similar size which aggregate together, perhaps milling about the same spot or perhaps moving en masse or migrating in some direction. From a more abstract point of view, swarm behaviour is the collective motion of a large number of self-propelled entities.[2] From the perspective of the mathematical modeller, it is an emergent behaviour arising from simple rules that are followed by individuals and does not involve any central coordination.  Emergence theory is the idea that the simple actions of individuals can collectively create complex and unpredictable results. A superorganism is an organism consisting of many organisms. Collective intelligence is shared or group intelligence that emerges from the collaboration, collective efforts, and competition of many individuals and appears in consensus decision making.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Here are some of the pictures of the project and the inspiration…


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Welding Aluminum (especially thin aluminum) is tricky, but my skills are improving vastly. I have s few great women volunteers and I am very excited to show SWARM at Meow Wolf.

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