What do you make?
I make Kinetic Sculpture, especially complex mechanical pieces with gears, linkages, etc. I have a line of small, production pieces, mostly made of paper and wood, that I make and sell on a full time basis, called MechaniCards®.
Who do you make it for?
My audience consists of anyone who enjoys observing, and interacting with moving objects.
Where are you located?
My studio is located at 4732 Stenton Avenue, in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, PA.
When did you start making?
I’ve been making art of one kind or another my entire life. I started making kinetic sculptures when I was about 14 years old.
How long have you been making?
More than 50 years.
What inspired you to make kinetic sculptures?
Like most anyone, and most any animal for that matter, I am fascinated by objects in motion. I’m especially intrigued by the effects on perception that various kinds of movement evoke, including the curvature of light, and the persistence of vision.
What makers inspire you?
Bernie Lubell, Chris Fitch, Arthur Ganson, Marcel DuChamp, and Roland Emmett are all artist/makers of kinetic sculpture whom I admire.
I’m currently working on the design of a large installation piece that will cover a 30 foot long wall, and produce algorithmic musical compositions.
See more examples of Brad’s work and videos at www.BradLitwin.com, www.MechaniCards.com, www.MechaniKits.com, and www.YouTube.com/blitwin.
FOLKFUTURISM! Parade of Spirits, Liberty Lands
"The Parade of Spirits is one of my favorite Philadelphia traditions. It's like being *in* a Miyazaki movie, and that's a wonderful place to be." -- (a Mystery Participant)
Make, become, and vanquish monsters. Folkfuturist-friendly.
CNC Carving and Wood Block Printing
Check out a Carvey CNC router cutting custom designs on-site, and take part by using our CNC-carved wood block prints to make your own art to take home with you.
Day Cycle Clock
The Day Cycle Clock, simulates the Philadelphia Skyline at the current time, with accurate Moon Phases, Sunrise and Sunset times. At Maker Faire, you'll be able to control the inputs and watch the display change in real time.
Temple Formula Racing
Temple Formula Racing is a student professional organization within Temple University's College of Engineering that uses hands-on automotive engineering skills to fully fund, prototype and assemble a formula racecar that competes internationally.