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Senior Rolls Out “Bowler Coaster”


Bowler CoasterBYU student sculptor Darrell Tousley, ’01, created a two-story replica of a roller coaster to complete his bachelor of fine arts degree. The kinetic sculpture propels a bowling ball 45 to 50 miles per hour around loops and turns on 200 feet of steel track.

“The work gives us a new sense of wonder and sheer enthusiasm for the beauty of mechanical motion by taking the ‘ride’ out of a roller coaster and allowing us to experience the same sensation vicariously as a critical viewer in a gallery setting,” said BYU’s visual arts instructor Brian Christensen. “Darrell’s work challenges our notions of what can be called art.”