Sisyphus table: fusion of art and technology

In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was the king of Corinth who was punished by Hades. While there, Sisyphus had to repeatedly roll a huge stone on a hill, as it would fall immediately as soon as it would reach the summit.

However, in the case of the Sisyphus table, there is no punishment. Instead, it offers a meditative kinetic sculpture that also serves as a side table or coffee table. Lovers of art, technology and furniture design will be drawn to this customizable piece. Already appreciated as an art installation in museums around the world, this unique table is now available for the home. It features a metal ball that rolls through the sand to the inside of the table, creating, destroying and recreating all types of patterns.

L & # 39; artist

The table is designed and handmade by Bruce Shapiro. The company's website provides a brief biography of its artistic and technical expertise, including 25 years of kinetic art creation for museums around the world. He is the first to introduce the idea of ​​owning and displaying kinetic art sculptures like this in a home environment.

Customization options

Many aspects of these tables can be customized to suit your personal preferences and features. On the company's website, it's easy and convenient to browse the different options to design a table just as you would on a vehicle manufacturer's website. The site provides an image of what these options would look like to see what would happen if you hit the purchase button.

First, you select the base of the side table or the coffee table. If you opt for the metal base, the price starts at $ 1,299 for the side table and $ 1,899 for the coffee table. For the metal table, you can choose a cherry, walnut or black metal veneer for the table, as well as a warm white element or natural white for the kinetic art area.

For example, a Cherry top table with warm lights measures 22 inches in diameter and 22 inches in height. It has a welded solid steel base that has been enhanced by a powder coated black finish. There is also a 1/4 "tempered glass top and dimmable LED interior lights.

Choosing wood means that the price will rise to $ 7,500 for a three-foot coffee table or $ 10,000 for a four-foot coffee table. For example, a cherry wood coffee table with warm lights measures 36 inches in diameter by 16 inches in height and has the same characteristics as the example of the side table. However, there are more standard veneers, including cherry, walnut, maple and mahogany. In addition, high-quality veneers are available at an additional cost.

The driving force: Sisbot

Under the thin layer of sand found under the glass top of each table is a two-engine hand-made robot that the company has named Sisbot. He controls a magnet, which pulls a metal ball by a programmed path composed of polar coordinates.

Sisyphus metal-based tables have stepper motors. They are quiet and precise and work well for small tables. The larger wood-based tables use servo motors, which are as quiet as the other type of engine, but can go faster to cover a much larger sand area.

A kinetic playlist

The Sisyphus comes with 25 preprogrammed lane tracks to create a kinetic art upon delivery. There is no turning on or off the table; it continues to work. The kinetic art reading list is controllable with the help of a web browser and Wi-Fi.

You can also download the company's iOS or Android mobile app to select your favorites, build custom lists, change speed, pause kinetic art, and change table lighting. It's even possible to create your own designs using Adobe Illustrator and sending the files directly to your table.

Quick setup

The advanced technology is simple enough so that anyone can install it in minutes. Just get the free app on the iTunes Store or Google Play Store. Then, plug the table and connect it to the application. Download our free app on iOS and Android. For additional help, the company offers video tutorials to make sure you are comfortable with your Sisyphus table.

General Impressions

This is a beautiful product made for the techie art lover who has a larger than average budget. Plus, for this entrepreneur, you know who has everything, it's a really special gift. Because each table is handmade, no piece is exactly the same, thus offering you or a loved one the opportunity to own something unique.

Brad Anderson

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