battery machine

This device mimics the way products are used in our culture. It is designed to take new batteries, remove their useful energy, and dispose of them inappropriately. Instead of waste and toxic pollution being byproducts that we ignore, this device moves the negative effects to the front.

The battery in the bottom of the hopper is held in place by an electromagnet that it alone powers. When the battery-powered magnet can no longer hold it, the battery descends via a skijump-like ramp to the status of litter.

The form derives from the letter 'y' which anticipates the question: Why can't we design more elegant systems for our energy needs and product cycles than: Use it up and throw it on the ground?