A New Installation Channels Edison And Newton With Kinetic Lightbulbs
August 8, 2012
There is nothing more mesmerizing, at least for me, than a Newton’s Cradle, that toy in which metal balls are suspended next to each other and hit each other ad infinitum. It’s incredible that such a simple device could capture one’s attention for minutes, nay, hours on end (again, speaking from personal experience, ha). Now, Japanese art student Yasutoki Kariya has found a way to make this child’s toy much more hypnotizing: with light.
Titled “Asobi”—Japanese for ‘play’—his installation features a series of eleven lightbulbs which move with the familiar click-clack of a Newton’s Cradle. In this version, though, the bulbs light up according to a computer controlled sequence, adding another dimension to the visualization of momentum and the transfer of energy.
Images: Yasutoki Kariya via Spoon Tamago