the view from my office window

So, the weekend was filled with rain, rain, and more rain, but fortunately, I had plenty to do indoors! Here's a little glimpse at a "barn-raising" sculpture build and installation that I participated in this weekend.

We started with little pieces like these that we had to bolt together.

As the flat pieces of powder-coated aluminum are bolted together, they begin to form an orb. Here, members of my team (hubby on the right in black!) inspect the orb to make sure it has all the bolts, washers, and nuts it is supposed to have.

There are nine orbs in all. We built the biggest (and reddest) one on Friday night and the other eight on Saturday. Look at all of these people who spent their rainy Saturday putting together the various orbs!

While all nine orbs have the same basic shape (the rhombic triacontahedron, which has 30 face planes), with triangular and pentagonal elements, each one is unique as well. Each has an inner orb in a darker tone and an outer orb in a lighter shade that weaves through the outer orb. I love the colors in this one!

The orbs were hung from the ceiling of our science center atrium. Here's a shot of the last one being installed.

A shot of the smallest of the orbs (and the one I worked on!) from below. The symmetry is amazing!

You can see 7 of the 9 orbs in this photo, which also features one of my colleagues, Dave Reimann (on left), and the artist, George Hart (on the right). The last two orbs are hiding behind the bright red one. Oh, and my office window looks over these bright and beautiful balls of fire! (The piece is called comet.)

If you are interested in more info about Hart's work, visit his website. For even better photos of the event (and better descriptions), click here.

blackfeatherfarm  – (September 17, 2008 at 5:13 PM)  

Very cool post ! Nice blog, and your Etsy shop is lovely as well.

Amy  – (September 27, 2008 at 8:08 PM)  

Yes, these are quite fab plus dynamic as you say!

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