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The Beautifully Moving Tropism Well

Monday 09.19.2011 , Posted by
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This truly engaging fountain uses a visual display of the laws of physics, along with modern technology to provide water to passerby. Dubbed ‘The Tropism Well‘ by it’s creators Poietic Studio, the conceptual piece uses a sensor to ‘see’ when users are standing in front, then as water flows up it’s long neck the weight slowly draws the transparent pitcher down.

Poietic Studio hopes to use multiple fountains at future events and festivals. They would both entertain and create dialogue about how we get water in public space while entertaining the possibility of Tropism Well’s replacing aging drinking fountains.

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Benjamin Starr

Written by Benjamin Starr



Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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