CHOZUMAKI

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Credit: Nelo Akamatsu

Nelo Akamatsu (JP)

From galaxies to electrons—there are countless vortices throughout the universe. CHOZUMAKI was inspired by their fractal structure. The installation’s basic components are a glass vessel filled with water and a small winged magnet that rotates at the bottom of the vessel and generates a vortex. The tiny bubbles emit curious sounds when they’re swallowed into the vortex. Installation visitors can hear the sounds through a spiral-shaped pipe that resembles the cochlea in the human ear. The vortex’s shape constantly changes, as does the sound it produces.