Saturday, July 19, 2008
BMW Kinetic Sculpture.
Woah. Berlin-based design firm ART+COM created this installation as part of a exhibition celebrating the newly renovated BMW museum in Munich. The piece is composed of over 700 metal balls suspended by nearly invisible strings. Each ball can be independently lowered or raised, allowing the entire piece to take up forms while maintaining the illusion of weightlessness.
The installation is essentially a visual timeline of BMW's automotive design, magically going through the Bavarian carmaker's 90-year history with a sense of awe and wonder that would have been lost if illustrated in print, or even film.
A visitor's full length recording of the installation can be seen below. Essential viewing as the still photograph does not do these piece justice.