Christian Long

Tom Shannon: Anti-Gravity Sculpture

In TED Talks on April 26, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Reflection by COOPER T.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Tom Shannon:  Anti-Gravity Sculpture

Tom has an obvious fascination with the proportions of the moon, earth, and sun. A vast majority of his sculptures represent these proportions. This makes for simple but fascinating art.

Some of the magnetic sculptures are simply amazing just to look at and they make you want to be there messing with them. They are almost like big toys for artists, considering the way you can manipulate them and to a certain point make them your own.

Tom’s conceptual art is also fascinating.

The floating island is obviously a good distance into the future but it still makes people think. The flying orb is a popular topic as far as comments go on the TED site. People are worried its going to become some ad machine and i have two responses to this concern.

One, ad usage is in no way what Tom wants out of this. He wants a convenient way of spreading art and music throughout culture for free. People that wont be able to go to concerts or pay to go to high level art museums can see these things through this devise.

Two, for those of you that are dead on convinced that this will become an advertisement machine, why worry. We put up with billboards, blimps, and commercials daily. Even if ads are displayed on this it wont be constant and it wont be right in your face.

Regardless of its use the concept of this technology is fascinating and, like most of Tom’s work, makes you think. Between floating sculptures and futuristic art blimps Tom’s work is compelling and I can’t wait to see more.

Tom can be located through TED or on his website:

  1. hi Cooper T, Thanks for your kind words and perceptive analysis of the Air Genie video airship. Exactly right.

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