Newton’s Bucket by Silo Studio
Published on June 3, 2014
In 1689 Isaac Newton conducted an experiment where he hung by a rope a bucket filled with water.The rope is twisted up tightly on itself and then the bucket is released beginning to spin rapidly. Here Newton’s description of what happens:
“The surface of the water will at first be flat, as before the bucket began to move; but afterthat, the bucket by gradually communicating its motion to the water, will make it begin to revolve, and recede little by little from the centre, and ascend up the sides of the bucket, forming itself into a concave figure.”
Inspired by this experiment Silo studio have exchanged the rope for a turntable, the bucket for a hollow hemisphere and water for non-toxic resin to create a series of bowls that capture this moment in time, which will always make each piece unique.
They use different colours of resin to show the way the liquid moves whilst travelling through inertia. To make the most of this Silo studio have also created tools to disrupt the flow of the material and highlight the process.
The outside shape of the bowl is determined by the “bucket”, in this case a hemisphere, the inside is a perfect parabola created by the dual effect of gravity and inertia.