Kenneth Martin Linkage 1955

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Artist
Kenneth Martin 1905–1984
Title
Linkage
Date 1955
Medium Wood, aluminium and nylon line
Dimensions Object: 610 x 1613 x 343 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1973
Reference
T01765
Not on display

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Martin began to make mobiles in the early 1950s. This one was described by him as 'an experiment with a linkage which hung and balanced from two points with a central point that could describe a variety of horizontal curves'. It was inspired by A.B. Kempe's lecture on linkages (1877), which Martin discovered while researching at the Science Museum. It overcomes the problem of pivoting rigid components together without stable suspension points.

September 2004

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