The Tempation of Touch

SOLD – Like a “wet paint” sign, warning signs can also invite us to investigate the accuracy of their claims. Risk is about the unknown and the desire to be rewarded. Sometimes, that reward is as simple as knowing the answer, regardless of how trivial it may be, like verifying that the paint is actually wet. What makes you curious about this piece? What is it? What does it do? Why does it need a warning sign? Do the gears really turn? What happens if I touch them? What if it isn’t “operating”, is it safe then? Will this machine really mutilate my hand? Is touching it worth the risk?

Made from sheet metal and parts from the artist’s collection. The blue frame is part of an unknown machine, The artist cut and formed the metal into a frame. The black field upon which the gears sit is a piece of car door from a late model Honda. The gears are part of the drive system for a Wheel Horse garden tractor. The “danger” plaque is from a Bantam iron working machine. Measures 14 1/2 x 14 1/2 x 2.
Yes, the four gears in the center do turn by hand – if you dare. $150