The Swinging Sticks

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About the Swinging Sticks

The Swinging Sticks is a double pendulum constructed of aluminum arms that appear to effortlessly defy the laws of physics and gravity as they fluidly glide through the air.

While deceptively simple in its design, the Swinging Sticks desk toy is crafted by expert artisans who precisely calibrate the sculptures arms to dance right above the surface of the plate. This Smithsonian quality piece of modern art is sure to grab glances wherever it is placed.

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The Swinging Sticks kinetic energy sculpture was created in 1996 by two Germans who wanted to design a perpetual motion machine. For years they collaborated, calculated, and eventually made the perfect imitation.

The Swinging Sticks is now manufactured in Taiwan, and monthly production quantity is very limited due to the complexity and precision involved in construction. Most of the parts are bought from quality technology leaders such as the USA, Japan and Germany.

Each Swinging Sticks is hand crafted, and takes expert artisans almost a full day to make each sculpture. Every sculpture takes between 8-10 hours to achieve perfect balance and then are let to run for 7-10 days to ensure the highest product quality. If there are any fluctuations and the product is not absolutely perfect than it is destroyed because they cannot be repaired.

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If you've ever wondered what the kinetic sculpture was from Iron Man 2 that sat on Pepper Potts desk, here it is.

The Swinging Sticks was shown when Tony Stark snuck into the office to steal his fathers Stark Expo plans. During a conversation with Stark Industries CEO Pepper Potts, this magnetic desk ornament intrigued the iconic superhero so much he couldn't stop fidgeting, even going so far as trying to wedge things in it to get it to stop rotating.

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This executive desktop toy is an awesome way to showcase your own inner Tony Stark. What harassed him will certainly catch the eye of anyone who glances

How the Swinging Sticks Works

The Swinging Sticks sculpture is a deceptively simple construct that inspires wonder into the mechanics of its design. As simple as the Swinging Sticks kinetic energy sculpture seems, there is actually a silent, delicate interplay of electromagnetic physics at work to power the arms.

The Swinging Sticks is crafted by expert artisans who calibrate the magnets in the arms to allow precise motion. This is to ensure perfection, and is reflected in the 0.010 defect rate over the last 11 years by the manufacturer.

The Swinging Sticks sculpture works by mimicking a perpetual motion device through electrical currents and electromagnetic fields. Current physics state that real perpetual motion devices are impossible by modern technology.

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The Swinging Sticks was featured in major motion pictures such as Iron Man 2 and is a popular and unique kinetic sculpture