Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Sway, 2016
Rope, micro-controller, DC motor and driver, wood, steel
28.4 x 28.4 x 82.7 in / 72 x 72 x 210 cm
Edition of 6

Sway is a kinetic sculpture of an inverted noose. The rope is braided onto a thin vertical steel rod to make it stand upright and the floor rope acts as a free-standing base. The piece stands on a wooden plinth which contains a small motor and an electrical circuit that makes the noose sway and pendulate almost imperceptibly from time to time. The sway adds to the trompe l’oeil effect of the rope hanging upside-down. The collector or curator may choose the frequency with which the rope sways, with the default value being around once every 40 to 60 seconds, which represents the rate of homicides in the World. Other possible numbers include the rate of suicides, one every 30 to 50 seconds, the rate of drug-war related murders, one every 25 to 35 minutes, or the rate of journalists killed, one every couple of days.
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