Newton's Bucket by Silo Studio 01.07.14

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Silo Studio’s unique set of bowls are created using a Newtonian experiment

Attua Aparicio and Oscar Wanless – together, Silo Studio – have created a range of bowls using an experiment based on one by Isaac Newton.

In 1689, Newton hung a bucket filled with water on a rope, which he then twisted and released to let the bucket spin. He observed that the surface of the water gradually began to recede from the centre, and ascend up the sides of the bucket, leaving the water to form a concave.

Silo Studio swapped the rope for a turntable, the bucket for a hemispherical container and water for non-toxic resin to create a series of bowls. In this video, the different colours of resin demonstrate how the liquid moves and the use of tools disrupts the flow of the material to create unique patterns.

The outside shape of the bowl is determined by the shape of the “bucket” – in this case a hemisphere. The inside is created by the dual effect of gravity and inertia.

Silo Studio focuses on experimentation with industrial materials, finding ways to apply to them a more craft-based approach.





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