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Hidden Marriage

Wood, polymer clay, gold-leaf, mosses, lichens, liverwort, foam, water, mist makers, felt, lamps.
2012
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Hidden Marriage is an extraordinary piece of furniture housing a marriage of hidden interactions.

Visitors encounter a familiar form, an elegant coffee table, but its surface is bursting with growth. Woodland natives, the spore-producing cryptogams (Greek κρυπτός kryptos, "hidden" + γαμέω, gameein, "to marry") - mosses, lichens, liverworts, selaginellas, ferns - are watered by constant veils of mist. Creeping in from the table's edge to mingle with the mosses are lichen-like forms dressed in the livery of the table, black and gold. Small, gold figures walk in the miniature landscape.

Visitors are encouraged to sit or kneel at the table, either in contemplation or conversation. 

The piece is a reminder of our inner primordial forests where the rational and the irrational mix to make something new, perhaps over a cup of coffee.

This piece is part of the Wonderlust series, and its evolution can be found here: http://elaket.org/wonderlust.html

Wonderlust

Polymer clay, acrylic mirror, acrylic panels, proximity detectors, LEDs, pager motors, ultrasonic water foggers, H0 scale figures
2012
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Wonderlust - detail

Wonderlust is a glittering, mysterious, miniature cavern. The floor of the cavern is colonised by vague organic shapes shrouded in a gently moving mist. From the ceiling of the cavern hang a cluster of immaculate mirrored rectangular bars of varying lengths. Bright lights shine shine up from the floor but are dimmed by the mists. Visitors notice the resemblance of the suspended bars to data representations like histograms. The column lengths suggest a measurement of an aspect of the shapes found directly below them. As visitors approach the piece, their curious examination triggers movement of tiny observers contemplating their environment. As they spin, the observers kick up the mists both hiding and revealing aspects of the cavern.

The piece suggests a dialog between Nature and one of the ways in which we attempt to understand it - scientific study. Do we diminish the subject by reducing it to numbers? Does the abstraction really reveal anything more? Is wonder lost or gained when we try to satisfy our curiosities?

This piece is part of a series of works I have made exploring the value we place in scientific discovery and what consequences such reverence might have for making progress - either in deepening and elaborating a paradigm or shifting to a new one. Previous works show data and models rendered either verbatim or abstractly in gild, glitter and rhinestones while all other explanatory information is lost.

The Big Dripper

eight oscillating pumps, tubing, sink, wood, steel, UV LEDs, Arduino Pro microcontrollers, electronics, water, fluorescein dye
2011
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The Big Dripper is a concept based on Harold Edgerton's Piddler. Edgerton's Piddler, also known as a "Time Fountain", uses a stroboscopic light source to highlight individual drops of water in a constant stream of liquid. With the strobe off, the stream looks like a solid cylinder of falling water. With the strobe on, and correctly synchronized with the actuation of the pump, the individual drips of water that compose the stream are exposed. The drips appear to hang in space as if frozen in time. By modulating the phase relationship between the frequency of the pump and the frequency of the strobe, the device can generate optical illusions of motion. For example, the individual drops can appear to fall slowly, or even crawl upwards.

The Big Dripper was featured on Hack A Day!

http://hackaday.com/2011/03/11/water-droplet-sculpture-using-leds-and-arduino/

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