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Lariat Chain

Lariat Chain
This moving loop of chain sets up strange, hovering wave patterns.
What’s going on?

With a mere touch from your fingertip, you can create waves in the chain that move in decidedly strange ways, warping as they wander.  

 

The apparent strangeness is a result of relative motion. Waves that travel with the motion of the moving chain quickly whip up and away. But waves that travel against the motion of the chain seem to hover and dance eerily in place.


IMLS acknowledgment

This web project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [MA-30-16-0175-16].


IMLS acknowledgment

This web project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [MA-30-16-0175-16].