"Relationships," says artist Jacob Tonski, "are a balancing act, and a very delicate one."
He has modified a 170-year-old sofa that he found in the back of a coffee shop, broken and unused, for his installation "Balance from Within," exhibited at the 2013 FILE festival in Brazil. Inside, he placed a reaction wheel, a rotating device most commonly used in spacecraft for adjusting orientation when it rotates off-center. He added a second axis so that the wheel could correct balance in all directions.
As the sofa -- balancing precariously on one leg -- starts to fall, the reaction wheel applies the appropriate force in the opposite direction, allowing the sofa to stay upright, so it teeters and wobbles, but doesn't fall. … Read more