Lariat Chain

LARIAT CHAIN is an interactive kinetic sculpture which demonstrates unique wave patterns by use of a long chain hanging from a spinning motorized bicycle wheel. When a visitor disturbs the continuously moving chain, it writhes and ripples in unexpected patterns of movement. If left undisturbed, the chain dances over an inverted wire brush that also creates fascinating movements. Here waves can be seen "standing still" as the medium moves as fast as the wave!

The Lariat Chain was originally created by the artist Norman Tuck in 1987 as an Exploratorium Artist-In-Residence project.