Luke Blackstone


aluminum, solar panels, sandblasted laboratory media bottles, light-emitting diodes, gearmotor, recycled bronze water tank, linkages, stainless steel hardware

18 ft. high


Copper is a permanent outdoor kinetic sculpture located at the Seattle Police Department support facility in Seattle, WA. During the daylight hours, five solar panels power a gearmotor, which cause three strikers to produce a gentle “heartbeat” sound. At night, 76 red light-emitting diode clusters turn on, illuminating words, which are sandblasted into the surface of the bottles. It was intended to provide a space where one can reflect on the values that sustain a worthwhile and valuable police force.