Artist and inventor Thomas Shannon creates concept-driven sculptures that explore scientific themes and natural forces such as magnetic fields, as well as paintings. He is best known for producing magnetically levitated objects, including three-dimensional geometric and oval forms made in steel and wood. “The space around things, between things, under things, has always played an important role in configuring my work,” he has said. He also created Air Genie, a spherical helium airship whose entire surface is an LED video screen, and a series of paintings produced using a remote-controlled pendulum. Shannon holds the patents for various inventions, including a color television projector and a synchronous world clock.