I can stare at it all day.
"For the crime of cheating death, Sisyphus must push his boulder up the mountain only to have it roll back down each day. For all eternity." This famous Greek mythology has inspired the name of Bruce Shapiro
's kinetic art table.
Shapiro is a motion control artist who has been creating his Sisyphus sculptures for about 20 years. Fortunately, he is now able to turn this artwork into a highly marketable set of coffee tables.
"In my art, Sisyphus is a kinetic sculpture that rolls a ball through sand, forever creating and erasing beautiful patterns," he says in his Kickstarter campaign
. "Watching Sisyphus evokes a meditative feeling."
The sculpture's operation is fairly simple: a fully functional table has a thin layer of sand that sits just under the table's glass top. A two-motor robot (the Sisbot) moves a magnet around the surface which is responsible for the rolling of the steel ball through the sand. Such bot is controlled by a Raspberry Pi computer that play a set of pre-made paths.
No on or off switch for Sisyphus as it automatically starts and "plays" certain default paths when plugged. Just simply plug the Sisyphus table then sit back and relax as it autonomously creates decorative ripples and grooves, and beautiful kaleidoscopic patterns.
However, you can control playback and choose whatever path it is that you like to play over and over again. You can even choose the ball's speed! What's more? Have a literally lit Zen table by just using a mobile app.
"What music brings to your ears, Sisyphus brings to your eyes. Kinetic art, technology and design merged in stunning meditative beauty," Shapiro promised in his Kickstarter campaign. Guess he's really a man of his words.