The creator of the exhibit that has enriched the new On the Move exhibition is Ned Kahn, an artist who creates works inspired by natural phenomena described by the laws of physics, geology, astronomy or chemistry.
The Chaotic Pendulum consists of several fixed steel arms in the shape of the capital letter “T”. The visitor puts the pendulum into motion and observes its unpredictable movements. This very attribute of the pendulum – unpredictability – is what makes it so fascinating. When set in motion, it will never behave in the same way again. Even if you try to act with the same force, from the same position and in the same way…. the effect will be completely different. The pendulum is very sensitive. Even a slight change can have a major impact on its behaviour.
Although the Chaotic Pendulum is an exhibit developed by Ned Kahn and built according to his guidelines, the process of its construction has proven to be an arduous and difficult task. In order to achieve the objective of constructing a pendulum that works in an unpredictable way, one must balance it extremely precisely. This means that its parts must be adjusted just perfectly.
We have spent a lot of time on measuring, weighing, correcting and testing.
All the parts have the right thickness, length and weight.
We are proud of the result we have achieved – please come to the exhibition and see for yourself.