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No, this ‘amazing’ perpetual motion sculpture isn’t real

Viral video of what appears to be a kinetic sculpture — featuring rotating hands perfectly synchronized with holes in a swinging pendulum — is actually digital artwork. But it is repeatedly shared out of context by social media accounts seeking to build a large following. Let’s take a look at the facts.

A tweet featuring a video of what appears to be a kinetic sculpture of a pair of upraised, rotating hands perfectly timed to pass through holes in a large, swinging pendulum. The News Literacy Project added a label that says, “DIGITAL ARTWORK.”
The “sculpture” in this video is not real.
It is a 3D animation created by the digital artist Andreas Wannerstedt, who is known for creating “perfectly synchronized animations.”
Engagement bait accounts — or accounts that share “amazing” content optimized to go viral — frequently share digital art out of context.
Other pieces of Wannerstedt’s digital art have also been presented out of context by similar accounts.

NewsLit takeaway

Photos and video purporting to capture “amazing” aspects of the natural world — everything from supposedly cute or unusual animals and stunning (but fake) space photos to incredible (and non-existent) geological formations and feats of physics — often go viral. After all, how tempting is it to “like” a video of fast tortoises or other seemingly incredible aspects of nature? But be aware that these types of photos and videos are commonly used as “engagement bait” by accounts seeking to build up large social media followings at all costs, even when it means passing off digital fakes as genuine.

Here is a full copy of the video:

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