The fluid movement of this kinetic energy sculpture creates a calming, hypnotic effect on any desk or table. Simply swing one of the brushed matte aluminum sticks, and the entire sculpture of sticks and angles will flow in unpredictable, chaotic motion for over a year. Designed in Germany, The Swinging Sticks™ are handcrafted of wood and aluminum and preset in motion for at least one week of testing to ensure their motion is as close as can be to perpetual. 4AA batteries required (not included). Stands 17.5” tall.
Why We Chose This
The innovative function of this kinetic desktop sculpture is the result of 8-10 hours of work on each individual piece to meticulously achieve perfect balance. Once that balance is reached, each set of Swinging Sticks is left to run for 7-10 days to ensure the highest quality of performance. While the design appears simple, there is actually a silent, delicate interplay of electromagnetic physics at work to power its arms.
Function plays a large role in defining good design. When designers look at an object, they don't just consider its aesthetic appearance—they should also challenge it to be more versatile, to respond to the user's need, or to achieve its purpose more elegantly. Good design has the capacity to solve problems that sometimes we didn't even know we had. This is one of the ways design touches and enriches our everyday life.