Wheel In The Sky Kaleidoscope

2012 ArtPrize Entry

The experience of creating Wheel In The Sky has been a childhood revival of sorts. As an artist, I am intrigued by the blending of art and science. I felt challenged to rejuvenate an enduring public obsession with kaleidoscopes. This interactive sculpture is designed to be hand turned, and enjoyed with family and friends. In theory, Wheel In The Sky is art as an instrument for an expansive experience. Conceptually, this kinetic industrial rendition is made for interactive expressionism. Constructed of raw metal alloys, and mixed substrates, the Wheel In The Sky sculpture is stylized with a myriad of embellishing details. The alluring, dynamic mandala forms when turning the hand wheel that rotates the object cylinder filled with translucent celestial charms refracting through and into the view port. Ambient light transformation, polarization, and refraction create an optical theater-setting the stage for a phenomenal, continual fractal show of shifting patterns and colors.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 8 ft
  • Medium: Mixed Alloy Sculpture
  • Width: 8 ft
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 7 ft

Venue & Connection Information

My sculpture "Wheel in the Sky" will be installed by Larry Heubner, Pioneer construction company's crane service

Venue Considerations
  • Special Lighting needed: No
  • Internet needed: Yes
  • Indoor Space needed: No
  • Outdoor Space needed: Yes
  • Audio/Video needed: No
  • Electrical needed: Yes

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