The Ideas behind Ivan Black's Square Wave

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Interesting facts to know about the Ivan Black and Atellani collaboration on Square Wave

Ivan Black is an award winning artist (Cottesloe Acquisition Award 2016Darc Magazine Ceiling, best decorative pendant/chandelier for "Nebula" 2017) born in London. His work reflects mathematical patterns found in nature like waves, leaves, shells, the human form etc. Tending towards the minimalist in design, his work reveals how order silently governs our world. His work has been exhibited at galleries and sculpture parks worldwide including the Peggy Guggenheim MuseumThe Cass Foundation, Flowers East, Sculpture by the Sea Australia, Interart Sculpture Park Netherlands, Palmyra Sculpture Centre MallorcaKinetica museum, and the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden.

Square Wave can create a Golden Spiral while it's spinning

Square Wave is the first item of the collection Ivan Black for Atellani. Our aim is to combine beautiful pieces of kinetic art with precision mechanical machinery, making these incredible sculptures available worldwide!

Ivan Black is a very well known kinetic sculpture artist. His talent is in combining iconic natural forms with mathematical formulae that were inspired by the Fibonacci sequence, the basic structure that is the basis of most of Mother Nature's creations. Square Wave is made of 21 metal rods that are precisely connected in a meticulous way with attention to every minute detail in order to create a complex fluid kinetic sculpture.

Square Wave was a very successful Kickstarter campaign. It all started when Atellani design studio contacted Ivan Black about collaborating together for a Kickstarter project. We were already familiar with Ivan’s large scale sculptures that are so popular on the worldwide art scene. Ivan is a very fascinating and well known British artist, loved for his awe inspiring large scale Kinetic sculptures. Our idea was to spread some fun to our kickstarter audience with a more affordable but yet fascinating and unique piece of kinetic art sculpture.

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A detail of Square Wave Lunar Gold
A detail of Square Wave Lunar Gold

The Mechanism:

While it spins, Square Wave generates a series of mind-bending optical illusions and unexpected hypnotizing revolutions, that mesmerized our eyes! Designed in the UK and handmade in Italy, Square Wave is available in 3 spectacular finishes: metallic silver, eclipse bronze, and lunar gold. We recently added a limited edition Scarlet Haze.  Each one creates unique mesmerizing reflections and three diverse optical illusions.

Square wave is 100% manufactured in Italy by a factory that has more than 30 years of experience in metal machining.  Each Square Wave is completed by hand and requires tweaking and adjusting by hand in order to create a smooth and fluid motion. Each Square Wave is assembled and tested manually and measures (25 x 25 cm) and is made of high quality chrome plated steel. Square Wave is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

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2 comments


  • Kinetrika

    @Paul, it can be used and hanged outdoors. Square Wave is both a gorgeous sculpture and at the same time a relaxing game. Wind is not going to make it spin as much as devices that are made for that, but it’s still a stunning piece of art in a garden, and one that anyone will want to give it a spin and watch the magic happen


  • Paul S Tollenaar

    I can see these are meant for hands to play with but can you hang it outside and just let the wind take over as well?


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