Floating Rock

Back in 1999 I contributed to the design and manufacturing of a public art piece by Dutch artist Wim T. Schippers. It consists of a large 'rock' that floats on a magnetic field. The pedestal contains active electromagnets and lasers. The lasers scan the position of the stone at a high frequency after which the magnetic field is adjusted to keep the 'rock' centered and floating.

The pedestal inscription reads 'Het Is Me Wat!' ( In english this translates roughly to "Well... that's surprising!"). It was originally located in the Dutch Ministry of Health, Wellfare and Sports, but has been transferred in 2009 to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam.