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Poetry in Motion is a playful ball machine sculpture with an animal-theme that is inspired by a series of seven poems. Poets include Matsuo Basho and Ogden Nash. The ball machine serves to bring these poet's work to life. 

The machine includes whimsical devices such as an orange hammer bell, yellow pin board, red loop-the-loop, and swirling helices. It also has three randomizing pendulums with painted images of a fish, turtles, and a bright red cardinal. Balls hop down a series of green wood block frogs, slink through a snake kinky tube, and are grabbed by the mouth of a nodding dragon and dropped onto a track below. The colorful animals pop against the white track and blue background.


This ball machine was designed by George Rhoads in collaboration with Rock Stream Studios.




Comer's Children's Hospital, Chicago, IL


7' x 2' x 7'


George Rhoads

Poetry in Motion

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