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Uroborus

Uroborus
This "tail-devourer" symbolizes an eternal loop.

A motorized serpent’s tail repeatedly strikes a snake-headed switch,triggering a never-ending mechanical loop. There are a number ofinterpretations of the ancient uroborus snake symbol (also spelled ouroboros and uroboros).

In an effort to preserve a style that had become the hallmark of theExploratorium’s pioneer days, elements of the Uroborus had been scavenged from an older, discarded Exploratorium exhibit.