The Sisyphus table was created by Bruce Shapiro after he abandoned his medical practice 25-years go to pursue the meditative practice of sand art.
Titled the Sisyphus Kinetic Art Table, this kinetic project uses primarily industrial designs inspired by the mythological story of a doomed Greek man cursed with pushing a boulder up a mountain, only to have it come back down and hit him.
Shapiro uses CNC machines and metal, magnetized balls that draw soothing and hypnotic patterns across grains of sand. Shapiro has been creating sculptures for the last 20 years and recently partnered with Nordeast Makers along with a Kickstarter campaign that offers the tables in up to three sizes.
According to My Modern Met, “Sisyphus has no on/off switch. It simply plugs in and automatically calibrates itself, loads a default playlist of paths, and begins playing. You can control playback, speed of play, and table-lighting from a mobile app or by using any browser to connect to Sisyphus with WiFi. Development is underway to allow other “composers” to create pathways for their tables.”
Sisyphus has already surpassed its goal on Kickstarter, and was officially funded back in October of 2017. You can order your very own now in either metal or wood.