Lunar Drift

  • Rebecca Cummins and Paul DeMarinis sculpture Lunar Drift. Full description in body text.
  • Rebecca Cummins and Paul DeMarinis sculpture Lunar Drift. Full description in body text.
2014
Rebecca Cummins and Paul DeMarinis
Electronics, aluminum, glass; archival inkjet prints on acrylic and mechatronics, 2 walls, overall 11 h. x 26’ w.
Photo Credit: 
Rebecca Cummins

 

Lunar Drift features two pointing mechanisms that move slowly over time to track the position of the Moon and the Sun, wherever they are located—above or below the horizon, in daylight or night, clear skies or overcast. The formally and mechanically minimal design of this slow-moving kinetic sculpture refers to the history of scientific instrumentation. It is calculated to perform a singular task of tracking but as it follows the planetary movement of the spheres, the sculpture is intended, in the artists’ words, to “offer viewers a heightened awareness of their spatial and temporal place in the universe and of the artistic and poetic possibilities of science and technology.”

The sculpture is supported by accompanying wall graphics consisting of photographs that were captured over the course of 2014 showing the phases of the moon and the Bellingham sky.

Funding provided by

WWU in partnership with one-half percent for art law, Art in Public Places Program, Washington State Arts Commission.

 

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