Balance from Within – 170-year-old robotic sofa balances on a single point

Created by Jacob Tonski, artist-in-residence at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, "Balance from Within" is an installation that includes a 170-year-old Victorian sofa which balances precariously on one leg, continuously teetering, responding internally to external forces. Inside the body of the sofa, a robotic assembly maintains balance dynamically. As the sofa begins to fall, the mechanism senses tilting and exerts a force appropriate to counter the falling, resulting in an endless wobbling back and forth.

Balance comes from within. It’s a delicate act, and sometimes we fall down. 'Balance from Within' is a meditation on the nature of human relations, and the things we build to support them.

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