Moving sculptures by internationally acclaimed artist Arthur Ganson will be exhibited at Waterfall Arts, 156 High St., from Friday, June 3 through July 29. The public is invited to attend a reception for the artist Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Ganson, a TED talk presenter, has exhibited internationally and has a permanent revolving display at MIT in Boston. Creating kinetic sculptures for more than 30 years, he started making his work move because he found he was “most interested in the state of becoming.” His machines have been featured in such diverse settings as the Long Now Foundation seminars, the band Dead Man’s Bones music video and the Phaeno Science Centre in Wolfsburg, Germany.

On display will be 12 examples of his beautifully unique, masterfully engineered sculpture machines that offer philosophical and mechanical questions for viewers of all ages.  Some are interactive, while others are meant to be watched and pondered as they repeat their movements. Ganson’s work incorporates handmade gears, pulleys and motors plus disparate items like chairs, feathers, paper, violins and dolls into whirring and moving sculptures which spark the imagination, tell humorous stories and display scientific principles, all at the same time. His website,, features videos of many of the machines in action.

Waterfall Arts is excited to host this family-friendly exhibit of the marriage between mechanical design and contemporary artistic expression. Activities related to the exhibit are an artist talk by Ganson Thursday, July 28 at 7 p.m.; and workshops in making kinetic sculptures with Belfast artist Wes Reddick. This Purposeful Purposelessness one-day workshop for ages 12 through adult is set for Saturday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Another class, Shoe Box Kinetics, will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, July 20, 27; and Aug. 3 and 10. Groups of local students are scheduled to tour the exhibit during June.

This unique opportunity to experience Ganson’s hand made machines up close was made possible with the support of Rockport Mechanical and ReVision Energy. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m.; and by appointment. For more information, visit or call 338-2222.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to