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67: Levitation Feature

Posted on May 8, 2019 by in 1728, Active, Magnet Limit

“See! Levitation is easy if we all just keep our heads on the ground.”

-Anthony T. Hincks

The May 2019 contest is to create a sculpture with a levitating feature out of a maximum of 1728 Zen Magnets. Props to DanCJ for spawning the idea for this contest.

Technically, this is a partial levitation contest. We obviously don’t expect magnets to be hovering in the air without any physical support or contact. The “partial levitation” feature is achieved if a part of the structure is held in place by magnetic tension at a distance, without dependence on gravitational balance. Here are some examples of what does and doesn’t count:

This structure is hanging off the ground, but all of the magnets that affect it’s shape are in contact.

The edges of this magnet tulip are being held up by magnetism, but it’s not a tension (pulling force) that’s holding it up.

The wrecking ball is supported at only one end and being pushed outwards slightly. This is borderline, but it doesn’t quite seem like levitation

The magnets in the center are not making contact, and are pulling towards each other to stay up. Partial Levitation Success!

Hopefully that doesn’t make it more complicated than it has to be! The scope of this contest is relatively wide. You can build nearly anything you wish as long as it has at least one partially levitating feature.

Summary of Requirements:

  1. Maximum of 1728 Zen Magnets may be used. Only Zen Magnets for this contest.
  2. No other props, magnets, or objects may be used.
  3. A part of the sculpture must be visibly held stationary with magnetic pulling force from a distance.
  4. No photo manipulation besides basic contrast/brightness levels.

As usual, the judges will be your peers. Pay attention to resolution, focus, lighting as framing. Use not your bright reflective flash, but instead a self timer and a tripod (or stand.) Sharp, high resolution pictures are preferred. $300 in prizes is up for grabs and distribution will depend on participation. There will be at least six winners. (Or less if we get less than 4 entries like contest 66!) Prizes will be announced with judging. Everything you submit goes into the public domain. Submission deadline is May 31st, 2019.

Of course, the first and foremost requirement, is that you have fun! 😃