Paul Malone : Celestial Mechanics 25-536

'Celestial Mechanics 25-536'
Perspex, spray enamel, nickel-silver inserts, fixtures

25 x 25 x 8 cms overall : 2013


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. Layer 3 is in green translucent perspex and spray painted with enamel in the form of photonic dots. These generate interference patterns with similar dots on other layers. Layer 2 has 6 nickel silver acid etched inserts which float as ions above the photonic substrate. These elements are themselves participating in photon recycling through bipolar patterns etched into their surfaces.

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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