The newly restored Newton’s Daydream has been installed in The Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City, Utah. The ball machine sculpture was originally created in 2005 by artist, George Rhoads. It is located inside the Planetarium’s main lobby and has become a focal point for all visitors. The two story audiokinetic sculpture features an intricate maze of moving balls with many classic devices such as the Climber, Wraparound, and Spinner. The ball machine also includes an interactive wheel where visitors can change the pathway of the balls causing them to climb up and roll down in a chaotic fashion. The piece contains approximately 300 feet of track and even covers the ceiling with a swirling path meandering around seven illuminated planet-like spheres.
The renovation project was completed on the overhead track that reaches the building’s ceiling. We integrated a newly designed light up rings that are motion activated. As balls swiftly move through the rings, they light up instantly; once the ball has passed through it, each ring begins to fade creating a harmonious dimming effect as the ball travels on. These LED rings wrap around most of the overhead track creating a “comet” effect, illuminating the ceiling with moving patterns that captivate the visitors below.