RadioLarians new public artwork for the Lake MacQuarie City Gallery, installed February 2011.
Radiolarians consists of two interlocked sculptures, laser cut in 6mm Corten steel. The forms, one cylindrical and the other toroidal have a strong morphological relationship to microscopic marine creatures, sharing symmetry with the structure of primitive Radiolaria, countless millions of which form the geological strata of this, the oldest continent.
My interest in the symmetry and morphology of microscopic marine organisms is long standing and issues not only from their stunning and complex beauty, evolved in the zero gravity conditions of the oceans, but also from my fascination with the history of BioSciences and in particular the work of eminent German biologist and zoologist Ernst t Haeckel(1834–1919) who in 1904 published “Kunstformen der Natur” (Art Forms in Nature).
Haekel was the principal exponent of Darwinism in the German speaking world and passionately interested in Goethe’s new discipline of Morphology. From my sculptors perspective there can be little more interesting than morphology; once again this topic is enshrined in the work of the Scottish polymath D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson who in 1917 published “On Growth
and Form” which well before the discovery of the genetic code, advocated the understanding of morphology and growth in the light of mathematics and physics.
Original 3D visualisation of Radiolarians.
All we got wrong in the above was the colour of the grass!
The current work is somewhat of a departure from the previous series which made of glassy acrylic are intended for controlled indoor environments and which frequently enfold delicate (and erratic) Theremin circuits, interactive sound instruments that react to human proximity and which therefore seem to have a basic sentience.
At the factory (Dolans).
At the factory (Dolans).
The final installation at Lake MacQuarie City Gallery.
- The Oratorio for a Million Souls
- Two Islands
- The Deluge Ark(ive)
- A Dissimulation of Birds
- The Biological Mixer
- Heavy Metal
- CultCult – audio illumination from the Ocean
- BioLogging Retrofit
- BioPods_V2 The Nebuchadnezzar Suite
- Eine Kleine GeneMusiK
- Songs from the UnderWorld_v3
- Architecture for Bees; Bees for Architecture
- Breathless; Take a Deep Breath
- Public Art concepts
- Ars Memoriae Mexicana
- Float like a Butterfly; Sting like a Bee
- Supereste ut Pugnatis (Pugnatis) ut Supereste
- Songs from the UnderWorld_V2
- WYSSA – All my love darling
- Songs from the UnderWorld
- Milk and Honey
- Weeping Willow
- Bio_Logging and Under the IceCap
- New Host_V6
- Law of the Tongue
- Zephyr II
- Run Silent Run Deep
- Sculpture in the Vineyards
- WA Marine Facility ~ Ondes
- Quint de Loup II
- The Wireless House
- Talking Stick
- Syren for Port Jackson
- Factory Spirit.
- What Survives
- KellerRadioActive at IASKA
- Magnus Opus
- Preaching to the Converter
- Virtual Spirit
- AudioNomad + Syren
- An Unrequited Place
- Voyages from Eden to Utopia; Hercules
- The Transit of Venus
- A Symphony for Other Cultures
- The Lament
- Sonic Landscapes
- Siren Song
- Ship to Shore
- Re-Entry Vehicle; Natural Science in the Spirit World
- Naughty Apartment
- Mute in TalkTown; the sweet warm breath of science
- La Zona del Silencio
- Everything’s Nice with American Rice
- Silent Forest
- Dual-Nature (Ebb and Flow).
- Die Melodie der Welt; Bringing Home the Bacon
- Sample Content Of Radio Works as MP3
- Big Bell Beta
- Din: Ding, Dang, Dong
- GeneMusik – Sounds for Lower Life Forms