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Project pitch & WIP


With the help of pandemic data, explore/see the turbulent relationship within reported/death rates among major travel hubs.

Research different mechanisms for generating movement. Found several inspirations from automata. Able to represent time versus value data with simple cam mechanism. Further augmented with linkages/gears etc.


Some visual ideas for representing the data as a wave of sorts:


General overview of how installation will appear (very much work in progress).

Build a simplified prototype to learn more. many adjustments were required to obtain a simple model:

  • holes need to fit well but not be too loose-fitting
  • angle of chamfers/smoothness of surfaces affect movement
  • trying to lock cam shapes onto a thin rod was very challenging(thus switched to threaded rod)

this style of cam locking is not ideal, but will suffice for now. an addition of spring on the rods will allow the model to be used upside down and also perhaps resolve potential pulling strength issues.


Next steps,

  • build a larger scale cam model
  • experiment with rods as linkages
  • experiment with drawn cam shapes to better represent ‘data’
  • finalise frame scaffold so that can start build