‘Bits and Pieces’ are Exploding and Contracting Hoberman Spheres
This project by artist Nils Völker was recently on view at NOME Gallery in Berlin:
The installation consists out of 108 so-called Hoberman spheres hanging in the middle of the exhibition space. The mass-produced children toys are made from countless interconnected colorful plastic levers and can expand itself to a multiple of their size. Each one is moved by a servo motor and individually controlled by a micro-controller thus organic waves appear to move throughout the space although each single plastic ball simply expands and contracts at the right time.
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