8' x 8' x 27'
Museum of Science, Boston, MA
Archimedean Excogitation is a dynamic ball machine sculpture exploring the theme of “a new way of seeing.” The sculpture uses visual and kinetic elements to explore how we see and offers new ways of looking at the world. This machine includes nearly thirty moving or sound-producing devices with two different ball sizes featuring billiard balls in the bottom section and small bowling balls in the top. Rising nearly thirty feet into the air, viewers enjoy the sculpture from the ground as balls and devices dance in front of them and over their heads. People on the nearby stair landing and balcony can also experience a unique view of the top section’s constellation of moving shapes spinning and twirling around the machine. This ball machine was designed by George Rhoads in collaboration with Rock Stream Studios.