Solar Do Nothing Machine


1957 & 1995

In 1957, the Eameses designed the SOLAR DO-NOTHING MACHINE for ALCOA, The Aluminum Company of America. True to the Eameses’ belief that toys are not as innocent as they appear, the machine was one of the first uses of solar power to produce electricity. In the 1990s, Eames Demetrios discovered unedited footage of the wonderful machine and cut it together to share a bit of its flavor for future generations to enjoy.

SOLAR DO-NOTHING MACHINE (1957 & 1995). Photography by Charles Eames; Music by Richard Marx. Edited and Produced by Eames Demetrios, © 2011 Eames Office, LLC

2 minutes, color