Charles Eames’ Solar Toy

“This colorful kinetic solar toy was designed in the late 1950s by Charles Eames (1907–1978) for ALCOA (Aluminum Company of America). It is Goldberg-esque in its lack of function. It purposely did nothing…

In ALCOA’s 1959 publication Design Forecast 1, Oscar Shefler elaborates on the idea behind the Eames’ solar powered ‘do nothing machine’, “There is little pertinence in asking what the toy is supposed to do. It is not supposed to do. It is supposed to be. Its whole function is in its being.” (source: aqua-velvet)