BMW Kinetic Sculpture

Berlin agency Art+Com have been awarded best in show at the One Show Design awards, for the Kinetic Sculpture at the BMW museum in Munich. This is the second award in a week for the installation, adding to the gold Cube for environmental design, gallery/museum exhibit or installation awarded by the Art Directors Club in New York. The mechatronic installation involves 714 metal balls moving in an interplay of mechanics, electronics and code.

Kinetic balls in BMW Museum in Munich

The Kinetic Sculpture covers an area of six square meters, featuring 714 aluminium balls hung with fine steel wires (an almost invisible 0.2 mm), each moved by individually computer-controlled stepper motors. The installation starts in a chaotic state, then compete with each other forms until it is finally to a final object. This process is used in a variety of visualization variations, hinting at the design of BMW vehicles such as the 327, the 1500, the Z4, and the concept coupé Mille Miglia.

Click on the image below to play the BMW Kinetic Sculpture video.


The BMW Museum is a joint project of Art + Com (media productions, interactive installations), MKT AG (technology) and Atelier Brückner (architecture and exhibition staging).

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