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The Solar Do-Nothing Machine by Ray & Charles Eames

The Eameses created this prototype for a Solar Do-Nothing Machine for Alcoa Forecast Collection in the late 1950's. It's a tabletopful of beautifully milled aluminum [naturally] pinwheels and cogs, all webbed together with tiny belts.

 

It's a lot of fun to watch and decipher, and though it's hard to capture in an image, it filmed really well. This is a still from a 2-min film on Vol. 6 of The Films of Ray and Charles Eames.

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Taken on January 4, 2007