Sometimes great works of art come from inspiration.  Other times they spring forth fully formed from the cosmic chaos.  This project is one of the latter.  It uses the power of serendipity to pull a creative project out of ... well, out of a box of hangars.

After a recent move an organized group of wire hangars were inadvertently tossed into an empty box.  When I reached in to pull it out I found the hangars had merged into  a spontaneously generated kinetic sculpture.  So instead of crying over spilt hangars I hung it on a tree.

Step 1: Materials an Tools

Skills:  To do this project you need to be able to confidently do the following:
  • Drop things.
  • Shake a box.
  • Grab something.
  • Hang something.

  • Wire hangars. (Any make, model, or color.)
  • Tree. (Any make, model, or color.)
  • Cardboard box. (American Value 2 Ply brand only. Cannot guarantee results with other medium-to-large cardboard boxes.)
  • Pliers (Optional.)
Yes, this is one of those basic properties of the universe - that coat hangers will automatically tangle themselves given the chance. It makes me wonder what other objects and shapes will self tangle like this.
Well done! I'm a former math teacher, now a designer for education, and this gets me thinking about how to create an activity that gets students to study measurement to create mobile sculptures.

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