Bruce Shapiro’s Kinetic Sand Drawing Machines

In a 21st century take on the traditional Zen sand garden, artist Bruce Shapiro invented the Sisyphus Machine, an elaborate kinetic drawing machine that uses magnets to drag rolling steel marbles through a thin layer of sand to create complicated mandala-like patterns.

It also appears that the artist is currently working on a tabletop consumer version and if you’re interested you can sign up for his mailing list here.

Shapiro, who was once a practicing physician, has spent the better part of 25 years experimenting with computerized motion control and many of his Sisyphus Machines have been installed in locations around the world including a large device in Switzerland back in 2003 and at Questacon in Canberra, Australia in 2013.

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~ by Fionnlagh on June 16, 2015.

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