Beauty is a fine line between art and science for Pe Lang, a Swiss sculptor living and working in both Berlin and Zurich. The autodidact artist specializes in graceful, hand-built kinetic sculptures made of magnetic, electrical and mechanical devices, all of which are elegant and completely mesmerizing. "Positioning Systems - Falling Objects" is one of his newest contraptions, which feels like a mix of home waterfall fountains, mechanical metronomes and a busy manufacturing plant.
The machine drops 441 perfectly spherical water droplets onto a special textured surface, via the electronically controlled pipette that spits out the micro-matrix of water. The droplets remain near-perfect orbs thanks to the surface tension of the water and the omniphobic material. After the pipette has laid out the 21 x 21 grid, it returns to its starting position, waiting approximately five hours for the water to evaporate, then it starts the whole process over again. Watch the entrancing machine in action below.
His other work is just as captivating. Check out the following videos, or visit Pe Lang's website to see all of his past kinetic works.