Ever since magnetism was discovered thousands of years ago, people have been fascinated by it. And of course we are, anyone who has played with magnets and felt the magnetism knows that it is a special force; an invisible, powerful and almost magical force.
Which makes it perfect for art, where the artists can explore freely and create and visualize concepts in ways that not only looks cool; it makes us think.
Below I have collected some examples of art based on magnetism.
A popular theme is to play the magnetic force against gravity.
In the piece by Eske Rex¬†above, the magnetic force cancels out the gravitational force, and we get what looks like zero gravity.
Bruce Gray‚Äôs ‚ÄúSuspension‚ÄĚ, below, is based on a similar idea, however there is a sense of motion to this piece.
The concept is taken to an extreme in Caleb Charlands¬†sculpture above. The observer is a bit puzzled by how the heavy magnet can stay in that position, without anything physically keeping it in place, except the magnetism, which flow lines are symbolized by strings, but are more correctly visualized in ‚ÄúMagnetic Fields II‚ÄĚ below.
The last one on the theme is the piece by Tatiana Trouve, above. Also here the objects seem to not be in equilibrium, which almost settles one in unrest.