Pendulum Art: New Community Project

Michael Young

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  • Pendulum art project. Photo by Edan Zinn ’23.

  • Pendulum art project. Photo by Edan Zinn ’23.

  • Pendulum art project. Photo by Edan Zinn ’23.

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The Innovation Space has a new community project—pendulum art.To make a piece of pendulum art, the artist swings a paint-filled cup back and forth. The cup is supported by a three-legged structure to allow lots of movement.

As the cup is swung, paint falls through a small hole, dropping onto a piece of paper below in unique designs.

Director of Innovation and Design Kathryn Lee, who manages the community projects, says the she wants to help provide students a creative outlet that can act as a form of stress relief.

“I think it’s a great art project because you’re able to create something that is really unique and original without having to put too much thought into it,” Lee said. “You don’t have to think about what you’re doing, you don’t have to hold a paintbrush, you don’t have to do anything, you just let the pendulum do the work.”

The simplistic nature of pendulum art is part of the draw, according to Lee.

“Students do not have to be experienced artists to enjoy,” Lee said.