Untitled (Homopolar Motor)
Cooper Campbell (after Michael Faraday)
1822, 2016, 2017 (Destroyed 2019)
Electronics, Glass, Mercury, Neodynium Magnet, Plexiglass



    Faraday’s Motor is the first example of a man-made device that generates motion via the use of electricity. An electrode (E1) is draped over the edge of a vessel into a pool of mercury with a second electrode (E2) descending into the pool from above, completing a circuit through the conductive medium (Mercury). A stationary magnetic point is placed at the center of the pool. As a current is fed through the circuit, E2 begins to move, shoved along by the electromagnetic field generated by the current.