Two new pieces have recently gone on display for visitors to enjoy
The first, designed by Artist David Williams, demonstrates how magnetic fields work. The exhibit is technically two sculptures which produce different geometric shapes. The inner workings of the sculptures consist of Meccano mechanisms. Using a planetary motion, the rotation movement moves the magnets, which in turn, trigger a reaction on the surface. The magnets force the iron fillings to travel through the sand making interesting geometric patterns.
The second exhibit, known as The Sextus Wooden Clock, was built by Clive Stewart and designed by David Atkinson. Clive was challenged to follow over 30 pages of instructions to put together hundreds of varying parts.
The construction took around a week to complete. The clock is ‘high geared’ so it runs for a long time without winding, but the force driving the cogs is very small.