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Tom Shannon, John Hockenberry:
The painter and the pendulum

TED in the Field · 13:21 · Filmed May 2009

TED visits Tom Shannon in his Manhattan studio for an intimate look at his science-inspired art. An eye-opening, personal conversation with John Hockenberry reveals how nature's forces — and the onset of Parkinson's tremors — interact in his life and craft.

Sculptor
Tom Shannon's mixed-material sculpture seems to levitate — often it actually does — thanks to powerful magnets and clever arrangements of suspension wire. He designed the TED Prize trophy. Full bio
Journalist
Journalist and commentator John Hockenberry has reported from all over the world in virtually every medium. He's the author of "Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs and Declarations of Independence." Full bio