Watch This Mesmerizing Video of COS's Huge Marble Run in Seoul

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By Dwell
Snarkitecture and COS bring audiences into the loop with a sculpture that channels one of the most unpredictable objects there is: the sphere.

As glass marbles glide along the four separate tracks of Loop—the third and latest project by Snarkitecture for clothing brand COS—the mechanics seem so simple. Nothing but kinetic energy propels the balls through the periwinkle-tinged circuits, some 1,300 feet of metal rails that were hung from the ceiling of the white-box Gana Art Center in Seoul, South Korea. But what really powers the experience is human interaction. 

In "Loop," an installation recently on exhibit in Seoul, a marble enters an elaborate circuit every five seconds, then travels around the room before vanishing into the floor and reappearing in a sea of marbles in a room below. The project, COS’s first in Asia, has universal appeal, says creative director Karin Gustafsson: "It brings back childhood memories of marble runs."

In "Loop," an installation recently on exhibit in Seoul, a marble enters an elaborate circuit every five seconds, then travels around the room before vanishing into the floor and reappearing in a sea of marbles in a room below. The project, COS’s first in Asia, has universal appeal, says creative director Karin Gustafsson: "It brings back childhood memories of marble runs."

Those able to catch the exhibition last November were encouraged to pluck marbles from the tracks and reintroduce them at will, injecting a bit of randomness into the clockwork-like proceedings. And Loop had a way of influencing its audience right back. Like falling rain, the gentle trickle of marbles reaching the end of the line hushed onlookers, creating an atmosphere that was both meditative and tense. As Snarkitecture partner Alex Mustonen put it, "Architecture was pouring out of the walls in an uncontrolled way, but there was that steady drip." 

Watch a video of Loop in action below.