Balance From Within

2012 ArtPrize Entry

Balance comes from within. It’s a delicate act, and sometimes we fall down. A 170 year old sofa balances precariously on one leg, continuously teetering, responding internally to external forces.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 6 feet
  • Medium: Kinetic / Robotic Sculpture
  • Width: 8 feet
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 7 feet

Venue & Connection Information

The sofa balances via an internal mechanism which makes an oscillating but quiet moaning-like noise. It is well below the volume of normal speech.

It requires a 110v power outlet within extension cord distance to recharge batteries at night, and will run for 8+ hours during the day.

The piece balances continuously on a single point, and can be knocked over by a careless or mischievous passerby. It is built to minimize damage in the event of a fall: multiple pieces of the sofa are assembled with magnets, which pop apart on impact and are easily reassembled after. None the less, ample floor space around the piece is a requirement, and nothing else fragile should be placed too nearby. A footprint of at least 10 feet by 10 feet (minimum) is needed.

The piece must be stood up and set down at the beginning and end of each day, and a person with reasonable coordination and strength can learn to do this easily, though a team of two is preferable.

Venue Considerations
  • Special Lighting needed: Yes
  • Internet needed: No
  • Indoor Space needed: Yes
  • Outdoor Space needed: No
  • Audio/Video needed: No
  • Electrical needed: Yes

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