The Rube Goldberg machine formula leaves lots of room for creativity. Chain reaction contraptions have been built with everything from dogs to LEGOs, but no matter how elaborate they are they’re usually contained within a single time zone. This Rube Goldberg spotted by our very own Miss Cellania at Neatorama breaks that barrier through the power of technology. Using phone calls, text messages, and email, the project called Common Ground unfolds seamlessly across five cities. According to the team behind it, the art installation is about “connecting America through creativity and problem solving.” You can watch it play out in the video above.

[h/t Neatorama]

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