Variation Sun has gone through lots of iterations. It proved a more challenging design than I had originally imagined. I wanted an asymmetric design where the points of the arc of one wheel followed the back of the arc of the adjacent wheel. I also wanted the clockwise pattern to be different than the counterclockwise pattern. It was easy to do on the computer but hard to find real world shapes that would balance. The double arc design solved the problem and I think enhanced the design.
I like the problem designs because they usually lead to something better. At least this is what I tell myself as I’m banging my head against the wall!
Below you can see four of the many changing patterns created by the six individually balanced satellite wheels.
Variation II Sun is the second design in the Variation II series. More information about how this series evolved is shared on the Variation II Wave page here.