R E I N T R I E F E L D T
"Flyer VI" (1991), bronze
11.0 x 6.0 x 18.0 in. / 28.0 x 15.2 x 45.7 cm
Collection: Valerie Jennings, New York
Rein's sculptures explore the rich but largely uncharted universe of motion, invisible energies of space and time, in the cosmic dimensions. His bronze solar kinetic sculptures are lyrical constructions about rhythm, balance, motion and emotion.
"Stellarator" (Oct.-Nov.2006), aluminum tubing, styrofoam
installation in Quark Park, Princeton, NJ
[view looking from ground upward]
[a collaboration with scientist Rob Goldston/plasma physics]
This 16-foot structure represents an experimental fusion device called a stellarator, or star generator. The bright pink styrofoam sculpture has the cruller-doughnut shape of the plasma to be produced by the National Compact Stellarator Experiment (NCSX), scheduled to begin operation in 2009. Pink depicts the color of the plasma "the hot, ionized gas used as fusion fuel" although fusion plasmas would be most visible to those able to see X-rays.
"Solar" (2003), solar kinetic sculpture
solar panels, polychromed steel, electric motor
100 x 80 x 80 in. / 250 x 200 x 200 cm
A turbine-like assembly of solar cells that provide for radial spokes rotating around a vertical axis. His sculpture, "Solar" was included in the Art of Motion Biennial exhibition at Bos van Ypeij, Tytsjerk, The Netherlands. Triefeldt is developing the concept that solar powered public sculptures can actually pay for themselves over time by having the excess electricity they produce generate revenue that would defray the cost of construction [regarding state government's solar power feed-in laws].
Links below bring you to Rein's website:
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