John Morgan’s Interactive Donation Box Sculpture at Auburn University (Auburn, Alabama)

Auburn University graphic design professor John Morgan brings art to life in three-dimensional form through kinetic sculpture. Intrigued by the possibility of collaborating on a large piece with Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, Auburn University, Morgan planned for a multi-faceted display intended to fascinate the public. Combining visual art, design, mechanics, and woodworking, Morgan created an animated sculpture donation box, “Artful Dodger.”

The piece is made of five electric motors controlled by a series of timers and switches. The carved wooden carrousel turns clockwise as each gear slides into position. Each click of the gear showcases wooden figures attached to the piece, derived from the museum’s permanent collection.

Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art
Auburn University
901 South College Street
Auburn, Alabama 36849

LightRails Installation by Bill FitzGibbons (Birmingham, Alabama)

Commissioned by REV Birmingham-the city’s economic development organization, this unique art-light installation under the 18th Street viaduct near Railroad Park, in downtown Birmingham debuted Thursday, June 27, 2013. Intended to enhance walkways under downtown viaducts with a placemaking splash of color in the city center, as well as encourage pedestrian traffic to link First Avenue North and the East Gate of the park.