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About the Swinging Sticks

Norman Rockwell - Perpetual Motion

Norman Rockwell - Perpetual Motion

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

After creating a working prototype they began making small samples out of workshops in Germany and sending them around the world. The popularity of the product has grown over time and the Swinging Sticks is now sold internationally to nearly every country on the planet.

In order to cope with the increasing demand for the product the manufacturing was eventually moved to Taiwan, where skilled artisans were able to increase the volume of sculptures produced.

Despite moving to Taiwan, monthly production quantity is still very limited due to the complexity and precision involved in creating each product. Most of the parts are bought from quality technology leaders such as the United States, Japan and Germany.

Manufacturing Process

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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. Once the products are tested at the factory, they are packaged and shipped out to respective distributors.

Once they get to the distributors location after being shipped across the oceans or by plane, the Swinging Sticks are checked once more in order to ensure perfection. In fact, some of the only problems with the sculpture come from the pin being misaligned while during shipping from distributor to customer.

Swinging Sticks in Iron Man 2

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By 2010 the Swinging Sticks was reaching the heights of it popularity as the director of Marvel's Iron Man 2 chose to feature the sculpture as a plot device in the blockbuster. If you ever wondered what that sculpture was that got Tony Stark all aggravated in his office, well this is it.

Due to being displayed in this movie on Pepper Pott's desk, many people now recognized it and wanted it for their own desks or homes. Because of this the product is now cemented as one of the top kinetic sculptures in the world.

Featured currently in art galleries, shops, hotels and offices around the world, the Swinging Sticks makes a great addition to any room and is sure to catch the eye of anyone who walks in the room just like Tony Stark.

How the Swinging Sticks Works

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See How the Swinging Sticks Works

The physics and engineering behind the Swinging Sticks is nothing short of impressive. Using the laws of electromagnetism to create a moving kinetic sculpture, there is something very unique about the Swinging Sticks. We have an entire page dedicated to breaking down the math and concepts that go into making this great product.

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