Rube Goldberg machines are complicated mechanisms that use a mix of unrelated but interconnected parts to move an object. They’re a joy to watch thanks to the amazing engineering that goes into making them work, but they usually move fast. Artist Bob Partington thought there was a better way to do it. Could he make the world’s slowest Rube Goldberg machine? The answer is yes, and the result is a work of art.
Partington has brought together a collection of iconically slow objects -- growing grass, a turtle, molasses, etc. – and used them to create a masterpiece of engineering. Set to the (radio edited) sounds of Kanye West’s “Drive Slow” this video took six weeks to make but, through the magic of time-lapse, only takes three minutes to watch. Enjoy.