MG-1 Kinetic Sculpture Slider - Copper

$549.00

Original Chris Bathgate MG-1 Kinetic Slider/hand sculpture -- This is the latest Bathgate release and announced by Chris Bathgate as most likely his last hand/pocket kinetic sculpture


The MG-1 was made in titanium brass and copper versions.  The item you are bidding on is the COPPER model. It is estimated there were less than 100 pieces made of the MG-1 and less than 10 complete 3-piece sets. This slider is so cool, it is in same genre as 'The ThinkIt', Haptic Coin Spinner, and Rotablade's RotaStone.  


This item is designed to be carried in the pocket and whenever the urge hits you, you can grab the titanium shell and push the cylindrical bolt piston up with your thumb and/or push it back down with your thumb.  Each time the cylinder/bolt is moved, it 'pops' into place you hear (and feel) a satisfying 'click.'


Thats the lay-persons explanation of what the MG-1 Bathgate Kinetic Sculpture is about.  Here is what it is about in the makers words (taken from Chris Bathgate blog from his website)



MG-1 - This hand/pocket Kinetic sculpture incorporates magnets and a track system that sets this edition apart.  This new kinetic work has a sliding action reminiscent of some of my other small sculptures, but this piece is actually quite different mechanically speaking.


For starters, in place of the mechanical spring loaded "detent" that is the hallmark of my earlier sliders, this work uses magnets to create a positional locking action. Also, rather than having an insert that slides within a bore on the body like a Slider, this work only has two identical halves that glide smoothly on a series of ball bearings in tracks that serve as guides for the direction and limits of the motion.As far as the sliding action goes, think of the difference between an old wooden drawer that runs on wooden rails verses a modern drawer slide that has ball bearings to guide the drawer. From a mechanical perspective, it could not be more different. So yes, it still slides, but in the name of differentiation, lets go with the term "glide".


Functionally, the work has two types of motion. It can be actuated between your fingers sort of like rubbing two coins together. The magnets provide an interesting haptic feedback as they jump from position to position. It is a difficult sensation to describe, but very satisfying. 


How is this piece different from other Chris Bathgate Pocket Sculptures?

For starters, in place of the mechanical spring loaded "detent" that is the hallmark of my earlier sliders, this work uses magnets to create a positional locking action. Also, rather than having an insert that slides within a bore on the body like a Slider, this work only has two identical halves that glide smoothly on a series of ball bearings in tracks that serve as guides for the direction and limits of the motion.


As far as the sliding action goes, think of the difference between an old wooden drawer that runs on wooden rails verses a modern drawer slide that has ball bearings to guide the drawer. From a mechanical perspective, it could not be more different. So yes, it still slides, but in the name of differentiation, lets go with the term "glide".


The magnets in the work keep the steel ball bearings in place, eliminating the need for a keep or cage.


Functionally, the work has two types of motion. It can be actuated between your fingers sort of like rubbing two coins together. The magnets provide an interesting haptic feedback as they jump from position to position. It is a difficult sensation to describe, but very satisfying. 


Additionally, I left enough extra motion in the bearing track to allow one to extend the work past its magnetic stopping point, so that if you release it quickly, it will have enough kinetic energy to spring back to its center position. This is also quite satisfying.


The MG-1 comes with 3 sets of bearings; 1 set of cermaic ball bearings comes installed in the MG-1.  You will receive 2 additional sets of spare ball bearings in a plastic baggie attached to a letter from Chris Bathgate himself.  1 set is stainless steel and the other is ceramic.  Note of caution:  When taking this piece apart, there is nothing to keep the ceramic ball bearings in place so they have a tendency to go flying and get lost easily.  This doesn't happen with the stainless ball bearings as they are held in place by the magnets in the MG-1.  Word to the wise, be careful when separating the 2 pieces if you have the ceramic ball bearings installed in the MG-1.