A Harmonograph is a mechanical apparatus that employs pendulums to create a geometric image. The drawings created typically are *Lissajous curves, or related drawings of greater complexity.
Back in 2005 I was researching Victorian stage shows and strange contraptions when I came across the harmonograph. With my penchant for science, making things and the bizarre, it immediately captured my imagination.
Walking past a blacksmiths one day, Pythagoras heard a familiar harmony in the ringing tones of the hammers at work inside. He discovered that the weights of the hammers were responsible for their relative notes. A hammer weighing half as much as another sounded a note twice as high.
Harmony has travelled to exhibitions, festivals and fayres around the land...so, come...roll up, step up and take a look at some shots of this exquisite device at play.
Harmony is operated on a donations basis to help pay for paper and ink. Children and adults alike can step up and make their very own drawing, on ‘Harmony’ uncoated stock papers in a choice of colours, golds, silvers and whites. Each person can take away their very own drawing as a keepsake.
If you would like to hire Harmony, please download the following Harmony Booking Form.