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April 3, 2011 AT 12:00 am

Moore Pattern — a kinetic optical-illusion sculpture

Moore Pattern — a kinetic optical-illusion sculpture @ Kickstarter

I’ve been mixing the arts and sciences for about ten years — I hosted ‘Time Warp’ on the Discovery Channel, to try to get people excited about science, I take scientifically-inspired photography exploring the limits of human perception, and I design kinetic sculptures based on perceptual and physical principles. Moore Pattern is the first piece I’d like to try to manufacture for all of you.

It is a simple play on words: originally made as a wedding gift for my friend Jordan Moore and his wife Emilie, a moiré pattern is a type of interference pattern, generated here by two of the same shape placed backwards and rotating in opposite directions. When seen from far away, it looks as if one shape is moving in an impossible way. Trust me, the video helps…

I find it a meditative and relaxing piece in my apartment, where my test prototype has been running smoothly and continuously for about 5 years; and so I figured some other people might want one as well. Either for yourself, or someone you care about. For a more meditative video of the piece, check the original video.

The entire project is open source…


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