Le Reve de Newton

Submitted by Joe O'Connell

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Project

Client: The Pass Museum

Location: Frameries, Belgium

Completion date: 2015

Artwork budget: $200,000

Project Team

Artist

George Rhoads

Artist

Creative Machines

Artist

Joe O'Connell

Creative Machines

Overview

Le Reve de Newton is a visual exploration of the concept of energy located at the interactive PASS Museum in Frameries, Belgium. This compelling Ball Machine Sculpture sits at the entrance of the museum’s latest exhibition, “Energy, the New Dreams” and welcomes visitors into the space.

Goals

The exhibition creates the opportunity to explore the world of energy. It encourages visitors to investigate the science hidden within daily life and to dream of new ways to consume, experience and share energy.

Process

Le Reve de Newton features a number of fun and interesting devices that explore themes of science and energy. For example, the machine includes a Chaos Wheel, which takes balls and spins them around using their own energy, releasing them in a different location. It also features a Dip Fall in which a ball rolls back and forth until it loses energy and falls on to the track below. The sculpture includes a number of classic devices as well like left-right switches and sound producing elements like hammer bells and wooden blocks. The balls, track, and devices in Le Reve de Newton are dynamic examples of how energy is conserved, transferred, and transformed.