One of the most beautiful features in nature is the vortex. In the form of tornadoes, however, it’s one of the most destructive. Artist William Pye has created a water sculpture that safely contains this powerful force.
His “Charybdis” is located outside Seaham Hall in Sunderland, England. If you’re not up on your Greek mythology, Charybis was a siren who, after being struck by a thunderbolt from Zeus, turned into a whirlpool that swallowed up ships.
The vortex is encased in a clear acrylic polymer, with water filtration used to keep the vortex looking pristine. I created a much smaller vortex back in first grade using Tupperware. I don’t remember if I won, but Pye’s work is much more impressive.
via: My Modern Met