Sisyphus: the best coffee table in the world?


A living room featuring this kinetic art table has no need for coffee table books—or a television, for that matter. You can happily entertain yourself for hours just watching the steel ball create patterns in the sand.

According to Creators, artist Bruce Shapiro based his design off the myth of Sisyphus, in which a man is forced to push a boulder uphill for eternity. Like Sisyphus’s stone, the marble in this table doesn’t roll towards a final destination. Guided by a magnet beneath the surface, the ball creates intricate grooves in the top layer of sand until the table is unplugged. The table resets with a new path as soon as it completes a pattern… More at Mental Floss.

$1,924,018 raised on kickstarter. I am not surprised.

One thought on “Sisyphus: the best coffee table in the world?

  1. I wonder how it resets? i could just see a giant motor shaking the whole thing etch a sketch wise.

    “How about Sisyphus, the guy who pushed a rock up a hill for eternity? That fits this project.”

    “Hmmm…I like it! It conveys a sense of playfulness.”

    “It’s supposed to convey a sense of futility!”

    “You have to look at it from the rock’s point of view.”

    –Dilbert and Pointy Hair Boss naming a project

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