Pendulum swing attempt part of event
Swinging pendulums will use gravity and luck to light up an inner-city night festival.
Reza Fuard is working with Craig Neilson and university physics students on a glowing pendulum art installation for the Art in the Dark festival.
They will attempt to recreate the pendulum wave effect using 20 glowing 1.5 litre cylinders.
The 32-year-old says no-one has recreated the pendulum wave on such a large scale while dealing with potential wind, rain and people. The wave is when a row of swinging pendulums all weighing the same create a waving pattern while moving.
Mr Fuard says the art installation represents how, on a deeper level, everything in life is a moving wave.
Each pendulum has 2.5kg of weight inside, using diver’s weights and black sand. The plastic cylinders have eco-bulbs inside them.
Every person who looks at the pendulum wave will see it differently, he says, creating a unique viewing experience.
Mr Fuard, who works for recycled stationery group Lovenotes, says he is ‘‘ecofriendly’’ and protecting the environment is one message he hopes to get across through his art. More than 40 works, by artists such as Flox, will light up the park.
Art in the Dark is on from 8pm to midnight at Western Park, Ponsonby, and finishes on
Saturday night. Entry is free.
Pensive: Birkenhead’s Reza Fuard.
Mesmerising: Reza Fuard will attempt to recreate the pendulum wave effect, pictured, using glowing cylinders.
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