Monday, December 1, 2008

#549 ... Spheres THEME DAY


The Fern Ball suspended above the Civic Square has been posted previously .. as have the steel spheres along the edge of the wharf ... however Wellington has another sphere which is a magnet to adults and children alike. This one greets you as you enter Te Papa our national museum.

It is a 3 tonne granite ball, 820mm in diamteter, that is supported only by water ... OK it's water under pressure ...at approximately 15 pounds per square inch. The water layer between the base and the ball is only 2mm thick. The ball is rotated by water jets pulsing at 4 min internvals and by helpful little hands !!!
The granite sphere wa made by Kusser Granit in Germany

THEME DAY PARTICIPANTS
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13 comments:

Hyde DP said...

That is one fantastic looking spheroid.

alice said...

I saw the same "fountain" in the little town Baden, very close to Arradon! Here, it's an engraved globe.

JM said...

That is so amazing! I really like it!

rob said...

That's a heavy sphere!

Jilly said...

How fabulous. Such a beautiful piece of granite and so good to see people touching it. Charming photograph with the child so fascinated.

Jackie said...

That's a brilliant picture for theme day. Glasgow has a similar sphere, but unfortunately there isn't any water in it any more so it's just sitting there.

bitingmidge said...

Well done - without the movement it would have been just another ball!

I love those things!

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Steffe said...

That is simply fantastic.

babooshka said...

Pretty

Kris said...

I do like the movement here...

Baruch said...

Beautiful - well loved by all children I'm sure :)

Helen said...

Very nice ... I love the movement of the people around the sphere.

Ben said...

Belated greetings, from Nelson. Cheers for visit and comment!
I love the movement you captured here, it make the image stands out.
Have you check the OurSpace exhibition or are you contributing the image to?