The final result of a year’s work between the designer Damjan Stankovic and Marko Pavlovic can finally be appreciated. Rhei is an electro-mechanical liquid clock that uses a ferrofluid to literally make “time flow”.
“There is a middle ground between the analog and the digital sphere, where the rules of mechanics and the laws of nature come together in order to create a liquid illusion reminiscent of a contemporary, digital form,” explains the creators of the project, defining the prototype as a “a dynamic installation, an animated sculpture, an idea expressed in the form of a minimalistic, digital clock.”
Basically, Rhei is an electro-mechanical clock with a liquid display in which the hours are displayed using ferrofluid—a liquid that becomes strongly magnetized in the presence of a magnetic field. Little information about Rhei is available so far, but the operation of the lettering can be understood relatively simply: ferrofluid was given it’s name because it fuses the characteristics of ferromagnetic elements (magnet) and fluid substances (water or organic solvent). When a magnetic field approaches it, a conflict occurs in the material: at the same time the ferromagnetic elements are attracted by the magnets, the oily solution tries to stay static since the oil is not affected. All of this causes the impressive effects on the display that’s absolutely hypnotizing.
Source and images: Rhei