Paul Malone : Celestial Mechanics 100-1880
'Celestial Mechanics cm100-1880'
Perspex, pencil, lead-solder inserts, fixtures. 100 x 100 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 8 hex bolts which also function as a hanging structure.

Layers 2 and 3 are sanded perspex with imagery of star maps drawn in pencil. Layer 2 has several lead-solder splashes inserted which act as an ionic dynamic layer communicating by filaments above the mapped substrates. As such it acts as an electrical layer within the navigation of the night sky.

This artwork also exhibits a scalloped outline as if carved by a rotating Birkeland Current moving counter to the direction of movement. It also bears little relation to the horizontals of gravity in terms of its orientation.

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.

Details and oblique views below : Click to enlarge

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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