We first started using the pendulum for locating water underground in Europe at the turn of the 19th century. It wasn’t until a man named Michel Eugène Chevreul started experimenting with it that he realized there was much more to it than it’s current use. He found that the pendulum had no magical properties on its own, but when interacting with the unconscious mind, it gave an ideodynamic response. When the unconscious mind expects something to happen, it produces little micro muscular twitches that dramatically change our regular thinking patterns. While these signals are very subtle, they can easily be read using a pendulum, helping you to communicate with your unconscious mind.

Because of this discovery, pendulums are often used as tools for spiritual healing and inner growth. They are used as a form of reflection, awareness, and as mentioned, to tap into your unconscious mind.

We have imagined a large-scale, monumental, motorized pendulum to run all winter at Ontario place. On the surface level, it’s signifying the ticking time of our long Canadian winters – but look a little deeper, for a little longer, and the audience will find themselves feeling the subtle and ancient powers of the pendulum at a time when we need it most.


  • Spencer Cathcart

    Spencer Cathcart is the co-founder and lead creative director of the branding, film, and motion teams at Puncture. Spencer’s creative intuition and his genuine ambition to make great work has made for many happy clients, including: The Institute for Canadian Citizenship, Pride Toronto, WayHome Music & Arts Festival, Boots & Hearts Country Music Festival, contributions to Burning Man in Black Rock City, Nevada and UXU Festival in Sweden, KPMB Architects, bmd, Unilever, and Indigo. Spencer has a keen interest in the intersection between art and design. He regularly consults for large-scale music festivals - enhancing and elevating their arts experiences. In 2015, Spencer Co-Curated the WayHome Arts Experience with Toronto artist Charles Bierk. Alongside his roles with music festivals, his installation ‘On tilt’ was showcased at Nuit Blanche in 2016 and then went on to tour California with the travelling art exhibition ‘Wonderspaces’.

  • David Nolan

    David Nolan is the owner and operator of Sixpenny – a Toronto based architectural Fabrication shop. He holds a BEng in mechanical engineering and a BSc in biology, both from Dalhousie University. David excels at working efficiently, creative problem solving and simply knowing how things work. His varied experience—from fabricating for practising artists to producing for esteemed engineers has made him one of the most sought-after fabricators for visionaries in the city. He employs a team of project managers, Red Seal certified welding and electrical workers, and artists—allowing him to effectively turn drawings into objects and dreams into realities.