Lariat Chain
12 feet high x 5 feet x 6 feet
Originally created as an Exploratorium A. I. R. project.

"...[Lariat Chain] uses a motorized chain - lightweight and safe in supervised little hands - that moves continuously. A touch changes its regular pattern of movement. A viewer can either appreciate that the piece represents 'the phenomenon of the standing traveling wave' - or stand and enjoy the mesmerizing visual treat of the dancing chain."
- Genie Carr, The Winston-Salem Journal.

"From the top of a windmill-type construction, a bicycle wheel whirs, fueled by electricity." A long, rotating chain hangs from the wheel to the ground and dances into beautiful arabesques when moved gently by hand."
- Blue Greenberg, The Herald-Sun, Durham, N.C.

CLICK HERE to see an interesting digital animation by Graham Johnson which illustrates the physics behind Lariat Chain.

Versions of Lariat Chain are in the permanent collections of:
The Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA.
The New York Hall of Science, Queens.
Technorama Museum, Winterthur, Switzerland.
Museo de la Ciencia, Barcelona, Spain.
Hong Kong Science Museum.
SciWorks, Winston-Salem, NC.
The Science Museum of Minnesota (2 pieces), St. Paul, MN.
The North Carolina Museum of Life and Science, Durham.
The Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland, OH.
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Albuquerque.
The Explorium Museum of Science, Mobile, AL.
phaeno, Wolfsburg, Germany
The Big Bang Museum, Osaka, Japan.
Fundacion Tiempos Nuevos, Santiago, Chile

Lariat Chain Slideshow