Art Installation - 100 Magnetic Pendulums

by Bob Spriggs in Tring, England, United Kingdom

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On 26th February 2018 we successfully raised £430 with 14 supporters in 28 days

I'm raising funds to support an art project. I'm planning an installation/sculpture made up of an array of 100 magnetic pendulums.

by Bob Spriggs in Tring, England, United Kingdom

I'm planning to build a large array of 100 magnetic pendulums. The array will be 4 metres high, 2 metres wide and 2 metres deep. The array is driven by electromagnets underneath, controlled by complex electronics. I've built a smaller version, with 36 pendulums, only 2 metres long. I know it works. The effect is hypnotic and seductive. I want to scale it up and develop the lighting and sound aspects of the installation. The mass of perspex rods from which the magnets are suspended interact with light in spectacular ways. I have used special sensors and software to turn the complex variations in magnetic fields under the array into sound.

I have been shortlisted for Research and Development funding from an organisation called Unlimited Impact. They are focused on supporting disabled artists. I was diagnosed with MS in 2013. My condition affects my art but my work isn't about MS. Unlimited Impact have offered up to £10000 to develop my project. The final application is due on 5th February. I need to find 10% matchfunding, that's £1000, for the final application.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Poster and Private View Invitation

A signed exhibition poster and an invitation to the Private View for the exhibition.

£10 or more

4 of 100 claimed

Poster, Invite and Part of the Sculpture.

A signed poster and invitation to the Private View AND part of the final sculpture to keep forever. Parts of the installation are 100 perspex spheres, mounted on perspex rods. When the sculpture is taken apart after the exhibition, spheres will be mounted on wooden bases and shown as a special work of art in itself. The sponsored pieces will then be signed and distributed to my supporters.

£50 or more

1 of 4 claimed

Original Artwork

Three signed original artworks and/or sketches used in the development of the sculpture. The designs and drawings for the installation will be framed and mounted. All pieces will be signed. Exhibition posters and Private View Invitations included.

£100 or more

1 of 4 claimed


The array will be exhibited locally and, hopefully, nationally. Sponsors will receive prominent display at exhibition and on posters. Media pack will include full reference to support from sponsors. Sponsors will receive signed poster, invitations to the Private View and mounted pieces of final work when it is taken down.

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Option to exhibit the Array.

One sponsor will,have the option to have the array installed at a location of their choice. The array is large, 4m x 2 m x 2m, kinetic and would be spectacular in the right place. An option for a sponsor to purchase the sculpture at a special price is included. Signed posters, invitations, media involvement and prominent display of sponsorship also included,

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