Paul Malone : Molecular Cloud Installation OS2015
This installation seeks to re-assemble the theoretic elements of an interstellar molecular cloud in terms of the model-making experience. Central to the installation is a horizontal box made out of recycled insulating boards, interstellar in its appearance and floating out into the space. This element acts both visually and structurally to support an orbit of 00 scale trackway that traverses the whole studio.

Pursuing this orbit is a model train composed of three of my tanker wagons displaying the chemical formulae of molecules that can be found within these clouds. They are often complex in nature, including many aromatic hydrocarbons and other unusual organic molecules. Their names are often strange and wonderful and add a poetic element to the piece. Every circuit the train of chemicals 'disappears' into the cloud, only to reappear on the opposite side as if re-charged anew with molecules.


'Molecular Cloud Installation OS2015' : Installation for the APT Open Studios, London. 2015 : Recycled insulation board, plywood, operating 00 scale tanker wagons


Left: onboard.                         Right: general views

Images of the Installation (click to enlarge)