Yasutoki Kariya’s Take on Newton’s Cradle

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Art student Yasutoki Kariya of Tokyo’s Musashino Art University designed this take on Newton’s Cradle—the ubiquitous desk accessory made of suspended steel spheres—for his senior thesis. Kariya’s project, Asobi (“Playing”), uses light bulbs and not metal, but nevertheless demonstrates Sir Isaac Newton’s third law of motion: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. With programmed light motion instead of kinetic energy providing the sensory entertainment, Kariya’s project is visual rather than physical.

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Janet is a senior at Kenyon College studying English with a Creative Writing emphasis. She has a particular affinity for American literature, and enjoys discovering the narrative(s) behind a piece of art. GBlog is her blogging debut, and she is grateful for newfound exposure to objects such as the “Bug Light.” (She favors the stately praying mantis.)

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