Mesmerizing Guerilla Action: Balls on Escalator


(Video link HERE.) We have a soft spot in our heart for slightly subversive guerilla actions that shifts people’s views in public spaces, or provide a bit of art or science to illuminate.

Colored balls set loose on an escalator make for a wonderful, anonymous “static loop of kinetic energy, redefining location“. No other info given. (We notice the perpetrator picked up all the balls at the end.)  

Here’s a beautiful 14 second clip. Had been more carefully chosen colors, say black and/or blue and/or white, they would have pushed the visuals mightily…

(Video link HERE.)

via Kevn Neff. Thanks Kevin!

2 Responses to Mesmerizing Guerilla Action: Balls on Escalator

  1. Louisa 12.17.2014 at 1:35am #

    Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I visited one of my very favorite museums, the Norton Simon in Pasadena. It’s typically not the first stop on a Southern California art pilgrimage but I think that’s a shame, as it is a very personal and quite extraordinary collection. Whenever I visit, I inevitably, come across something that shifts my perspective, gets me thinking, points me in a new direction, which isn’t always the case at other fine museums. The Norton Simon displays its art so that pieces “speak” to each other, bouncing ideas and insights between paintings or sculptures.

    On my recent visit, I found a Kandinsky painting, very atypical, called “Heavy Circles” from 1927. What sparked my interest wasn’t so much the painting itself, but a quote from Kandinsky that the museum thoughtfully posted next to it:

    “Why does the circle fascinate me? It is: 1. the most modest form, but asserts itself unconditionally, 2. a precise, but inexhaustible variable, 3. simultaneously stable and unstable, 4. simultaneously loud and soft, 5. a single tension that carries countless tensions within it. The circle is the synthesis of the greatest oppositions. It combines the concentric and the eccentric in a single form, and in equilibrium. Of the three primary forms [triangle, circle, square]it points most clearly to the fourth dimension.”

  2. Sally 01.03.2015 at 10:44am #

    Thank you SO much for this thought provoking post. I’m going to post it here in Bold so other readers don’t miss it. GREAT.
    “Why does the circle fascinate me? It is: 1. the most modest form, but asserts itself unconditionally, 2. a precise, but inexhaustible variable, 3. simultaneously stable and unstable, 4. simultaneously loud and soft, 5. a single tension that carries countless tensions within it. The circle is the synthesis of the greatest oppositions. It combines the concentric and the eccentric in a single form, and in equilibrium. Of the three primary forms [triangle, circle, square]it points most clearly to the fourth dimension.”

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