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September 26, 2017 AT 1:00 pm

Ada – Interactive Floating Ball by Katrina Smigla-Bobinski #ArtTuesday

I Want To Travel The World Inside This Floating Art Ball

This cool art project shares a namesake with Adafruit! Via Fast Co. Design:

The German-Polish artist created the ball using a transparent plastic membrane filled with helium. Dotting the balloon are charcoal spikes, which randomly mark the walls, ceiling, and floor of the exhibition space as visitors gently push it around. The piece’s title, Smigla-Bobinski says, comes from Augusta Ada King-Noel, the English writer, mathematician, and Countess of Lovelace. Commonly known as Ada Lovelace, she was the first programmer in history, creating the first algorithm for Charles Baggage’s Analytical Engine.

Lovelace was also the first person to see the potential of machines to move beyond calculus and into the realm of art. Ada, Smigla-Bobinski explains in a video, follows that spirit. Check out the making-of above.

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