Quark Cotillion

• Limited Edition of 36  
• Size: 48"h x 55"w x 7"d  
• Run Time: 16 Hours  
• Quark cotillion © 2000 
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Quark Cotillion Kinetic Sculpture Directions 

About Quark Cotillion

 

A quark is a hypothetical elementary subatomic particle. This sculpture reminded us of the order and chaos of the atom, hence the name. Quark Cotillion is the next generation of the motion and mechanism I first explored with my sculpture Rhapsody. I have used a series of six combination wheels to create a more complex and kaleidoscopic motion.

Each of the six combination wheels stays in a nearly fixed orientation while being orbited at a changing pace about a common center. This results in a fascinating array of constantly changing kaleidoscopic patterns. The entire assembly is powered and controlled by the mechanism on the left-hand side of the sculpture. This piece runs almost silently for about 16 hours.