Working Asylum

In this piece I have created a work of art in motion. The piece depicts the inner workings of an Asylum in the 1800’s, represented in moving magnets attracting iron filings and clock keys.

The work sits on a base, which houses an unseen internal motor, which rotates to create an ever-changing pattern.

The most striking part of the piece is the loud and haunting sound so that the whole piece evokes the eeriness of a working asylum.

The piece can be watched for a long time without losing interest. The clock keys dance around the top as if seeking to escape and the iron filings seem to constantly pull them back in.

Coupled with the scratching and scraping noises this really does give the viewer the feeling of a constant struggle taking place between each part of the assembly.

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