Butterfly - Downtown - Tucson, Az
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member philbeer
N 32° 13.476 W 110° 58.126
12S E 502943 N 3565331
Quick Description: A butterfly flapping it's wings at the corner of East Toole Ave and 6th Ave in down town Tucson.
Location: Arizona, United States
Date Posted: 7/30/2013 3:29:36 PM
Waymark Code: WMHPAR
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
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Long Description:
Artist: Ned Schaper

The Iron Butterfly kinetic sculpture at Toole Avenue and 6th Avenue is Schaper’s first piece of public art displayed in public. It is prominent at the gateway of the Warehouse Arts District’s new streetscape art walk improvements for Toole Avenue installed on a single day last October.

A butterfly’s 6½ -foot-wide wings slowly flap up and down from noon to midnight. The butterfly is lighted at night.

But there’s more than the butterfly wings. There are three wheels that create a flywheel effect that drive the wings.

“The mechanism is a Bevel Button Model M wing flapping mechanism with three hinges,” Schaper said. “I could have a little solar panel motor but they made me put in a quarter horsepower motor. I can take my middle finger and turn it. This is basically 700-year-old technology.”
Title of Piece: The Iron Butterfly

Artist: Ned Schaper

Material/Media: Steel, Motor, belts.

Date of Creation or Placement: May 4, 2012

Location (specific park, transit center, library, etc.): Corner of Toole Ave and 6th Ave

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