Defying Gravity
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Defying Gravity

About This Project

In Defying Gravity, we can observe the delicate balance and tension of nature in the chandelier-like installations.

Defying Gravity(重力に逆らう)のシリーズでは、自然のデリケートなバランスと緊張感を、シャンデリアのようなインスタレーションにおいて鑑賞します。


In the artist performance, water is first poured into hundreds of glass test tubes that are created specifically for this installation. The artist then flips each test tube very carefully. Contrary to the reaction of the audience, the water does not pour and stays in place, thus defying gravity.



The process requires extreme care as there are no lids on any of the test tubes. The surface tension of the water and the atmospheric pressure of the air are keeping the water in the air.



Once it stabilizes, the water will continue to defy gravity until it evaporates completely. The test tubes will eventually be empty without a drop of water on the floor.



It is fascinating to look up into the surface of the water, where the fragile balance of nature sustains this beautiful phenomenon.



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Defying Gravity


Colored water in inverted test tubes

Art, Physics