Tom Schmelzer






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maybe next time
or when the time is ripe evil will rise

animated sculpture
motor, wiper, gloves, balloon, poseable wooden hands, voltage switching power supply
approx. 180 x 100 x 45 cm
2012

 


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if you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything

animated sculpture
magnetic stirrer, magnet
2010







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toll of the passing bell
animated sculpture


wood, glass, rubber, magnets, motor, microphone stand, microphone, speaker, silver
size variable, box approx. 42 x 42 x 14 cm
2010

anyone who stands in front of imam ahmad's palace in salach, southern yemen looking down on taiz, will
see a magnificent estate on one of the hills. it belongs to the saeed family, which has built up the greatest
trade empire in yemen and is known for many donations to schools, hospitals and other social institutions.
three years ago hayel saeed was asked about the extent of his wealth. he asked the people for an estimate.
one million dollars would be given to the person, who could specify his exact possessions. everyone began
to calculate, yet no one came up with the right billion total. one day a bedouin showed up and left with the
awarded prize. what was his answer? 'your possessions are 12 meters of fabric (the shroud), a bottle of
perfume, a pound of frankincense and a handful of basil. more you cannot take to the grave '.








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whistleblower
or much ado about nothing?

plastic, paint, motor, propeller, batteries
glass, wood, gold leaf
approx. 32 x 32 x 18 cm
2010






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IMPRESS

sculpture (above screenshots rendering)
plunger, crane
approx. 800 x 150 x 100 cm
2008, project
a crane lifts up a huge plunger 5 to 15 meters (15 to 45 feet), to let it then fall straight to the ground. the
plunger leaves a deep mark in the soil up to 1 meter (3 feet) in depth. the mark will permanently remain. the
plunger will be removed. the size of the imprint is adaptable to site and occasion. the height of each letter
may reach up to 2 meters (6,5 feet). the plunger will be produced in one piece or separated into letter-portions,
according to the length of the word and the texture of the ground. the sculpture will be branded with a
metal trademark. plans for other words include “CLIMAx “, “RISEN“, “SKY“ and “LIGHT“.

 

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FUD

animated installation / goose-flesh
silicone, hair, dissecting pins, fan, LED bulb, wire, glass, wood, power supply unit.
approx. 51 x 42x 9 cm
2012

FUD - fear, uncertainty and doubt - is the strategic attempt to influence the perception of individuals or the public by disseminating false, negative or dubious information to reach ones objective.