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Event Horizons

Tom Sampson's avatar Tom Sampson

The turning of thin, green (wet) wooden discs from a tree can produce wonderful shapes. The outer cambium and inner heartwood of the discs shrink at different rates as they dry, which causes distortion and cracking. In this presentation, red oak has been thinly turned to expose the end grain of the log. I also have been using turned spheres as sculptural objects. Event Horizons is the result of the combining of the two shapes. In penetrating the discs by the spheres, it reminded me of a black hole. The event horizon of a black hole is the “point of no return” where light can no longer escape from the gravitational pull of the black hole. The spheres and ringed nature of the disc cross-sections also contribute to the planetary aspect of the pieces. Three pieces from this series are presented.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 9 inches
  • Medium: Wood
  • Width: 9 inches
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 9 inches