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Tuesday, February 21

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  2. page pendula edited ... Though originally planned as part of an exhibition for a three-week run, I have permission to …
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    Though originally planned as part of an exhibition for a three-week run, I have permission to continue working with this piece for another month. The public seems to like it, and the interactive space it creates in the stairwell suggests success.
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    into the base,base with limited but growing success.
    I am working on suppliers, and perhaps sponsors to supply more sophisticated lighting and one-way mirrors to maximize the effect.
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  3. page pendula edited ... After some work creating an "infinity box", I have replaced the pool of water with a…
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    After some work creating an "infinity box", I have replaced the pool of water with a pool of light. I am working on a non-magnetic bearing to carry the magnetic waves into the base, with limited but growing success.
    I am working on suppliers, and perhaps sponsors to supply more sophisticated lighting and one-way mirrors to maximize the effect.
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    I have succeeded in both renderingnot only rendered the object,object for design and alalysis, I have
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  4. page pendula edited ... Mark II - After some work creating an "infinity box", I have replaced the pool of w…
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    Mark II -
    After some work creating an "infinity box", I have replaced the pool of water with a pool of light. I am working on a non-magnetic bearing to carry the magnetic waves into the base, with limited but growing success.
    I am working on suppliers, and perhaps sponsors to supply more sophisticated lighting and one-way mirrors to maximize the effect.
    Now I have succeeded in both rendering the object, and I have a system to "read" its motion into my computer so that I can further study and display its movements. This can also be the key to some advanced interaction through motion sensors, light, or sound, but we shall see.

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Friday, February 10

  1. page pendula edited ... The ROMP was named and "discovered" in the nineties. Mine has the aspect of a Foucau…
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    The ROMP was named and "discovered" in the nineties. Mine has the aspect of a Foucault's Pendulum, but keeps a very different sort of time. This contrast is key to emphasizing my intent with the work. Besides having a quixotic motion I find pleasing, the hidden magnets suggest a timekeeper that follows rules beyond our ken. I am referencing relativity and also the intrigue, fun, and myth of randomness. Indeed, computer models of ROMPs are being used as chaos models and random number generators. For the geeks, see the link for the code project. The results of many computing hours are quite beautiful:
    Initially, I created some models to trace these patterns in sand {IMG_1800.JPG} or iron filings, but finally settled on water and light to carry these patterns in a temporary (temporal) way onto the walls of the stairwell. Waves seemed to be a natural way to express the influence of magnetics. The iron filing experiments also suggested an aquatic aspect to the action of the forces.
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    I am balacingbalancing are gravity
    The bob is lightweight, with the mass focused on an adjustable iron core that also helps shield the vertical pole of the bob magnet. The bob magnet is high streength neodymium, placed asymmetrically to avoid stasis and create spin. I am experimenting with different patterns and strengths of base magnets to refine the patterns of motion I create.
    The bearing at the top is a bane to any pendulum craftsman, and I have work to do. At the moment, my multiple swivel bearings combined with ultra-strong firewire do the trick, but I am looking into other options including magnetic suspension, punching-bag bearings, or the straight wire through a fluted gate used by many Foucault pendulums. However, I have found that the spin created by this work is part of its charm, so experiments and material searches are ongoing.
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Thursday, February 2

  1. 12:45 pm
  2. page pendula edited ... The bearing at the top is a bane to any pendulum craftsman, and I have work to do. At the mome…
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    The bearing at the top is a bane to any pendulum craftsman, and I have work to do. At the moment, my multiple swivel bearings combined with ultra-strong firewire do the trick, but I am looking into other options including magnetic suspension, punching-bag bearings, or the straight wire through a fluted gate used by many Foucault pendulums. However, I have found that the spin created by this work is part of its charm, so experiments and material searches are ongoing.
    Though originally planned as part of an exhibition for a three-week run, I have permission to continue working with this piece for another month. The public seems to like it, and the interactive space it creates in the stairwell suggests success.
    Mark II -
    After some work creating an "infinity box", I have replaced the pool of water with a pool of light. I am working on a non-magnetic bearing to carry the magnetic waves into the base, with limited but growing success.

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Wednesday, January 25

  1. page polar vessels edited ... They developed out of research into early compasses. The bowl is a descendent of the Chinese s…
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    They developed out of research into early compasses. The bowl is a descendent of the Chinese spoon compass, and the parallel polar bars were suggested by early powerful navigation devices. I was trying to build the largest compass I could, and my experiments began to inevitably interact.
    The key to getting the most out of them is twofold: combining the longest, strongest, polar rod magnets I can afford and creating a frictionless bearing under the semisphere bowl. My first models are brass and copper, but any hard non-ferrous material will work. Friction is the enemy, so I am looking into thin stainless steel, titanium, or perhaps carbon fiber or kevlar as I attempt to scale up. They sit upon highly polished stone or glass, and their motion is initiated by a touch from the viewer. The reflected light seems to be the most interesting part of the sculpture, and I will work with that as I evaluate the site, choose a scale and a suitable number of elements for the installation.
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