Sparklz Wind-Up Gear Box Toy
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Psst! Don’t say anything, but Sparklz the Wind Up Gear Box Toy thinks he is as powerful as a god of lightning. Though he manages to generate some excellent sparks, thunder and rain have yet to be mastered. Wind the big, non-removable key to animate Sparklz the Wind Up Gear Box Toy. As Sparklz aimlessly wobbles around, a turning cog strikes graphite paper causing sparks to fly and spirits to soar. A clever example of kinetic design, this wind up toy is the creation of Brazilian designer Chico Bicalho. Phthalate-free vinyl, stainless steel. Keep away from flammable liquids and vapors. Colors will vary. Ages 12 and up. 3.5"h x 3.25"l. x 2.5"w.
The word design indicates a conception of the mind, or a drawing or sketch showing the details of how something is to be made. Contemporary design reflects styles and techniques developed since the 1940s. The use of synthetics, high-tech abstraction, design for shock value, and a diversity of design ideas rather than a single style characterize contemporary design. The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has an artist-in-residence program that allows young visitors to connect with creativity in practice. This toy is a wind up gear box toy is a fun and practical illustration of the design standards represented in the museum’s collection.
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