Seven Times Down, Eight Times Up I

Seven Times Down, Eight Times Up (part I) was a response to a briefing that proposed the creation of a Deus Ex Machina to a movie scene. The movie chosen was Sergio Leone’s “Once Upon a Time in the West”, more specifically the scene where Charles Bronson’s character cannot fall, otherwise his brother will die hanged. The egg-shaped object built took its inspiration from the motto of the Japanese symbol of the Daruma — Seven Times Down, Eight Times Up. By exploring differences of weight and balance, the object, once tilted, comes back to its original standing state. In order to apply this concept as a Deus Ex Machina to the movie and its characters, I developed an object big enough to contain a person. Although still a prototype, the experiment was successful and once the person fell, the object’s weight pulled the person back up. The project was later developed in a Part II.