The Rulers

In his kinetic sculptures Ian Treasure brings common objects and symbols to life through the use of modern mechanics. Works play with concepts of time, duration and repetition, and have an anthropomorphic quality, demanding our attention with sounds and movements filled with personality. After finding a group of schools desks during his 2013 residency, Treasure created this piece. On top of each desk is a ruler that is pulled down and snapped as if by an impertinent schoolchild.

Ian Treasure

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The Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco is a one-of-a-kind program established in 1990 to encourage the conservation of natural resources and instill a greater appreciation for the environment and art in children and adults. Artists work for four months in studio space on site, use materials recovered from the Public Disposal and Recycling Area, and speak to students and the general public. Over the last twenty-five years, more than 100 professional artists and twenty student artists have ...

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