Friday, March 9, 2012

The George Rhoads Sculpture at the Ontario Science Centre

If you've ever been to the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, you've probably seen the giant ball machine on the fourth floor. It's called the Rhodes Sculpture and is named after George Rhoads. It uses force, motion and the laws of physics to keep the balls moving and has inclined planes, levers, pulleys and gears.

Here's a short video I created on recent visit to the Ontario Science Centre:

I was fascinated by the sculpture and its intricacies. And when I started researching George Rhodes so that I could fill in the YouTube metadata for the video I discovered more.

George Rhoads is a painter and sculptor. He is best known for the large audiokinetic sculptures found throughout the world in airports, hospitals, art museums, science museums, shopping centers and other public places. His sculptures can be found at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Art Institute of Chicago, Boston Museum of Science, and the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto.

Who knew? Let me know if you've ever seen the Rhoads Sculpture.

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