Paul Malone : Celestial Mechanics 100-2206
'Celestial Mechanics 100-2206'


Perspex, prepared perspex, pencil, nickel-silver inserts, silver powder, fixtures

100 x 50 x 8 cms overall : 2015


This is a vertical four layer perspex sandwich in 2 parts. Layer 3 is perspex painted with occasional silver powder brush strokes and silver-pink evaporation dots. Layer 2 has embedded silver-nickel inserts around which there are emulations of star maps drawn in pencil.

The piece has two curved segments that act like the boundaries of a larger sphere, as if in eclipse. Each has its own pattern of asterisms, constellation boundaries and trajectories that emerge from a diffuse substrate. The segments are supported by a bar that is patterned with rhomboidal stacked sections and this eventually reflects the curvature of the segments as it emerges at the top of the piece. The pencil markings echo these rhomboids and integrate into the constellation patterns.

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.

Buy this Artwork : £2500 : Postage Free : Can be mounted in a bespoke acrylic box like the CM25 series. Please email for quote.

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.