Artist Bruce Shapiro's work isn't easy to define. It's sculpture, yes, but it's also kinetic. And then it's documented photographically.
The patterns come from Shapiro's invention, a machine called the Sisyphus Machine, that uses magnets to pull rolling steel balls through the sand with computerized motion control.
It's not surprising that Shapiro has a background in physics. He employed these same principles in a physicist capacity for a quarter of a century before the invention of the Sisyphus.
In Greek mythology, Sisyphus cheated death and was ordered for all of eternity to push a boulder up a mountain every day, only to have it roll back to the base of the mountain.
But in placing the tiny “stones” in a Zen garden setting, the Sisyphean task seems almost meditative.
The detail is incredible.
Shapiro is currently working on a tabletop consumer version of the machine to bring this moving meditation to your home or office.
Credit: Bruce Shapiro