Archimedean Excogitation is a dynamic rolling ball sculpture that explores the theme of “a new way of seeing.” The sculpture uses visual and kinetic elements to explore how we see and offers new ways of looking at the world. This machine includes nearly thirty moving or sound-producing devices with two different ball sizes such as billiard balls in the bottom section and small bowling balls at the top.

 

Rising nearly thirty feet into the air, viewers enjoy the sculpture from the ground as balls and devices dance in front of them and over their heads. People on the nearby stair landing and balcony can also experience a unique view of the top section’s constellation of moving shapes spinning and twirling around the machine.

Date:

1987

Location:

Boston Museum of Science, Boston, MA

Dimensions:

8’ x 8’ x 27’ 

Artist:

George Rhoads

Archimedean Excogitation

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