These Kinetic Sculptures Are Like Awesome IRL GIFs

March 8, 2013 | Eugene Reznik

There’s something incredibly appealing about subtle, repetitive, perpetual motion seemingly absent of the human hand, whether it’s a massive mobile by Alexander Calder, a creepy portrait GIF from the Beijing subway, or a porny/arty looping six-second subversion series of a new social media app.

Artist Laurent Debraux, whose work was recently on view at the Kinetica Art Fair in London, makes such gravity-defying kinetic sculptures of magnets, plexiglass and odd metallic objects. Our favorite is this hovering magnetic cloud, mostly because it so seamlessly translates into a GIF. Which got us thinking, maybe life itself is a succession IRL GIFs, man.