19th-century mills filled with rattling looms, mechanical railway signals, giant steam engines in motion – artist Felix Scharstein finds inspiration for his creations in industrial artifacts of bygone times.
His Freie Kunstmaschinen are machines freed from the shackles of purpose. Intricate mechanical workings become tools of artistic expression. Felix Scharstein combines shapes and symmetries found in nature with engineering techniques; he employs mathematical patterns to arrange sequences of seemingly meaningless processes. Whether semaphore signals, fractal mechanisms, or binary counters, his creations integrate shape, color, and motion into fascinating kinetic sculptures that defy categorization.