Paul Malone : Celestial Mechanics 50-2603

'Celestial Mechanics 25-2621'
Perspex, coloured perspex, pencil, fixtures

50 x 25 x 8 cms overall : 2015

 

This is a four layer perspex sandwich with a 5th layer functioning as a hanging plate. The piece is held together with 4 hex bolts which also function as a hanging structure.

In this example of the Celestial Mechanics series, the piece is in the form of a rectangle with a cross of circles spread out in incremental acceleration. In the centre is an 'eclipse' where the two streams do not quite match. In front are various interactions with larger scaled circles as if engaged in orbital maneuvers. This piece exemplifies the balance of gravitational and charge forces that constrain the apparent size of celestial bodies - i.e. that the Sun and the Moon are the same size as seen from the Earth. The charge paths are faintly drawn in pencil in the background.

This series of artworks function as a mechanics of the night sky in the form of an engineered artifact. As such, they emulate the way that theories and concepts are constructed about remote objects and events in cosmology and associated meta-narratives.

 

Oblique and detailed views below :

Note : In these images the nickel-silver inserts appear dark - they are in fact very shiny.
This is due to the need to reduce reflections in the perspex during photography.

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