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Inside a warehouse, a precarious 70-100 feet long structure has been constructed using various items. When this is set in motion, a chain reaction ensues. Fire, water, law of gravity as well as chemistry determine the life-cycle of objects - of things. It brings about a story concerning cause and effect, mechanism and art, improbability and precision. Written by
I've seen this amazing piece perhaps six or seven times in the course of showing it to others, and I'm always amazed every time I see it. It seems to be deceptively simple by the flawless execution of one kinetically or chemically motivated piece of junk affecting another piece of junk, but it happens only because of the hours and hours of thought and patient testing these two whimsical geniuses invested for exactly the effect they want.
It reminds me of the cartoons of Rube Goldberg, or the game of "Mousetrap", where turning a crank starts a series of cascading and improbable events which leads to catching the mouse. Rube Goldberg was well before my time, alas, but his whimsical spirit continues with wonderful works like this.
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