McColl Center sets Rube Goldberg contest

05/07/2013 5:04 PM

05/07/2013 5:08 PM

This fall (September 20 to November 16) McColl Center for Visual Art will present sculptor Joseph Herscher’s first solo exhibition in the United States .

Herscher, a self-taught kinetic artist, uses familiar objects in unfamiliar ways to create surrealist landscapes comprised of a series of chain reactions. Inspired by Pulitzer-Prize winning cartoonist Rube Goldberg’s absurd and elaborate inventions, Herscher employs principals of physics and engineering as well creative wit and humor to create highly complicated and convoluted devices that perform simple, energy-saving tasks in elaborately wasteful ways.

Area schools and universities are invited to compete with their original chain-reaction inventions. Winning high school and college teams are eligible to participate in the National Rube Goldberg Machine Competition in 2014. Middle school teams are invited to participate in a special exposition of their machines.

For information on how to participate contact: Lisa Hoffman, Director of Environmental Program and Community Engagement, 704-332-5535 ext 224 or

Entertainment Videos

Join the Discussion

Charlotte Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service