michael jantzen

michael jantzen

Santa Fe, NM, US


The Image Scrambler, a public art kinetic sculpture powered by the wind.

The Image Scrambler



The Image Scrambler is a public kinetic art sculpture powered by the wind. It consists of four wind turbines (mounted on top) that are designed to rotate in a different direction around a center support mast. The center support mast is connected separately to each of four segments of a large cylinder located under the wind turbines. Whenever the wind blows, each of the four segments of the cylinder slowly rotate in different directions, around the center mast.

Weatherproof photos (that have been taken of the surrounding 360 degree view around the perimeter of the sculpture) are mounted onto the cylinder in four segments. Before the segments of the cylinder start to move for the first time, the complete image on the cylinder replicates its surroundings. As the different segments rotate around the cylinder in different directions, the replicated image is scrambled into an ever-changing puzzle of images, with little hope of ever returning back to the original replicated complete image.

The wind turbines and cylinder are mounted onto support legs so that the Image Scrambler can be moved from place to place, with photos of its new surroundings mounted each time onto the rotating segments of the cylinder.

Conceptually, the wind powered Image Scrambler refers to the way in which the wind changes the landscape over time in many different ways.

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Status: Built
Location: Santa Fe, NM, US