Sisyphus – The Kinetic Art Table

A project in Minneapolis, MN by Bruce Shapiro

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What music brings to your ears, Sisyphus brings to your eyes. Kinetic art, technology and design merged in stunning meditative beauty.
Backers: 1992
Average Pledge Per Backer: $966

Funded: $1,924,018 of $50,000
Dates: Sep 24th -> Oct 24th (30 days)
Project By: Bruce Shapiro
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August 31st - via:
Operated by a two-motor robot (the "Sisbot"), Sisyphus' new kinetic table draws complex designs in sand beneath a glass top. (Read More)

End of the campaign...start of making it happen. Thank you very much for backing Sisyphus!

October 23rd - via:
Now, 30 days since we launched, I want to touch base with all our backers - not so much with an “update”, but something more like a “declaration”. From the start, Bev, Micah and I have been in a constant blur of busy-ness, excitement, and... (Read More)

We're working hard setting things up!

October 17th - via:
What a ride - thanks again to all of our supporters!  I apologize for not being as active with my comments lately, but I (and everyone on the team) has been furiously working on getting things in place to make this actually happen. Towards that end:... (Read More)

Limiting rewards with 2017 delivery target - if they fill, we'll open rewards for 2018 delivery.

October 7th - via:
Again, thank you for your backing, your enthusiasm, and your trust.  At the end of update #3, I wrote that we were not at the point where we were concerned about fulfilling all rewards within a one-year window.  We're now getting close to that... (Read More)

3' hardwood servo-driven table added to rewards

October 6th - via:
We've received quite a few requests for a smaller version of the custom CNC'd 4' hardwood table. Since many people do not have space in their homes to accommodate this size, and using similar fabrication strategies to produce a smaller one is readily... (Read More)

1000 backers!

October 4th - via:
Thanks  to all of you, and for the spirit so many of you have communicated to us in your comments and messages.  Sorry for not being able to respond to all of them yet - Micah and I are on our way back from the NY Makerfaire (which was a blast!),... (Read More)

Incredible response! We are amazed - but not worried.

October 1st - via:
Thank you all, especially our backers, for your response to our Sisyphus tables. We are amazed as the numbers continue to climb. It is wonderful to be able to share Sisyphus with so many. We never expected this, but we did have hopes.  We knew going... (Read More)


September 27th - via:
Huge thanks to all who have backed our project!  Many of you wrote to urge us to reconsider US-only shipping, and we listened to you.  Thanks Bev and Micah for doing the research and tracking down the numbers.  We wish it were less expensive, but... (Read More)

Funded in less than 24 hours!

September 25th - via:
Tremendous thanks to our early backers - we take your confidence in us seriously, and will not let you down.  The lead up to the launch was a whirlwind, and we figured we might have left some information details out.  Turns out we were right about... (Read More)

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