The Flurry

Gizmodo posted about The Flexy today, an eco-friendly cardboard Slinky type thing. It reminded me of something I had seen in the early 90s.

Reignhold Marxhausen was an artist who taught at Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, where I was born. He was a very interesting character and is most well known for his sound sculptures/toys (it got him on Letterman). I saw him speak once when I was in junior high and he brought a lot of things to play with. One of them happened to be The Flurry, a cardboard Slinky type thing he invented and manufactured in the 70s. The picture above comes from one being sold on eBay which has a good description.

A current Concordia student has started a blog dedicated to Marxhausen’s work. A recent post shows some of his sculptures and The Flurry in motion (notice the two-colored one).

Two random things I remember about Marxhausen:

He had a patch of clover in a high traffic area—the driveway or the sidewalk. He noticed that it would often have not just four-leaf clovers but even more leaves than that. This lead him to believe that you could create four-leaf clovers through pressure, but as far as I know he didn’t build a contraption to test this.

The carpet in his living room was a patchwork of carpet samples that a store had thrown out.

One Response to “The Flurry”

  1. Mary wolf Depew says:

    i had the wonderful privilege of having Dr. Marxhausen as my Childre’s Art professor/ teacher during the summer of 1967. It was totally amazing to meet a teacher who loved what he was doing. He had us outside looking at trees, bugs, and then creating art with them. What an amazing fun teacher. It was like a dream vcome true for me.

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