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Breaking Wave, an anamorphic kinetic sculpture

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Small planet-like spheres hang on several miles of wire rope in this kinetic sculpture created by Plebian Design and Hypersonic. The 804 wooden spheres’ heights and relationships are changed by the rows of rotating shafts high above the ever-changing anamorphic sculpture.

Breaking Wave tells the story of the search for patterns, and the surprising results that come by changing our point of view. 804 suspended spheres move in a wave-like formation. When the wave crests and breaks, the balls hover momentarily in a cloud. From almost anywhere in the room, this cloud is purely chaotic, but step into one of two hidden spots, and this apparent chaos shows a hidden pattern. From the first, a labyrinth hints at the search for knowledge, and from the second, a Fibonacci spiral inspired flower reminds us of the natural order and patterns found in nature.

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breaking wave up close
Read more about the sculpture in Wired. Related watching: more anamorphic techniques, more patterns, more perception, and more kinetic sculptures.

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